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Home, Under Siege 

The BP oil spill is only the latest wave in an ongoing assault 
on the country's most endangered terraqueous region, 

A Louisiana native attempts to make sense of it all: 

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Long known as the "most 
beautiful game," soccer 
is part of the College's 
autumnal landscape. 



McEwan comes to Mead; 
a new class arrives; and 
where were these courses 
when we were in college? 


How did Emily Nunez ’12 
spend her summer? Jumping out 
of airplanes, for starters. 




What would childrens books look 
like if kids were in charge? Jessica 
Riley ’98 offers a glimpse. 


A pair of debut novels leads this 
issues book offerings. 








Cover photograph by Bridget Besaw, 
illustration by Hadley Hooper 
Contents photograph by Todd Balfour 
Inset by Mario Morgado 



Ezra Brainerd is but one of many 
notable Midd folk whose Final resting 
place is right next door. 



Who can best define one who defies 
definition? His son. 



When her ancestral homeland becomes 
endangered, an alumna grapples with 
the meaning of it all. 



Conor Shapiro’s life in Haiti had 
always been a challenge. And then the 
earthquake struck. 


Our Sense of Place 

When one's surroundings become part of the story. 



Fall 2010 

Volume 84. Number 4 

O ne of the most consistent comments we receive from judges 
when we submit the magazine for award consideration is that we 
do an admirable job of conveying a sense of place. Readers, too, 
frequently mention that the quarterly arrival of the magazine is 
almost always accompanied with a jolt of nostalgia for Middlebury, 
both town and College. 

Of course, capturing the scenic beauty of our campus blanketed in snow or 
Bread Loaf on an autumn afternoon is a little bit like shooting Fish in a barrel—if 
we re not adequately conveying a sense of place in these pages, then we’re doing 
something wrong. But as I was reminded when we were putting this issue together, 
the very concept of a “sense of place” is more than the physical characteristics 
that define a landscape, but also one’s relationship—past or present—with those 

The writer Susan Orlean has published a collection of stories under the title My 
Kind of Place: Travel Stories from a Woman Who's Been Everywhere , and in these pieces, 
she says that where the stories unfolded was “almost as important as the story itself.” 
In some instances, she adds, “the place was the story.” 

This is can be said about Emily Peterson’s feature in this issue, “Can the 
Louisiana Coast Be Saved?” And it’s exactly what we talk about when we discuss 
a story with a “strong sense of place,” precisely because her exhaustively reported 
narrative of a region in peril is told in a voice steeped in experience—in this case, 
her family’s intimate relationship with the Louisiana coast and its waterways. 

In Leah Koenig’s back-page essay, “The Plunge,” Thoreau’s Walden Pond is as 
much a character as it is a location. And while our profile of Conor Shapiro ’03 is 
firmly rooted in rural, post-earthquake Haiti, writer Deborah Sontag includes an 
observation that other writers might not have made—the effect, the lure, that the 
country and its people had on Conor as a teenager when he first visited Haiti while 
a sophomore at Middlebury. 

So this got me thinking (a dangerous thing, some will tell you)—does Middle¬ 
bury attract students who are naturally drawn to and 
appreciative of a “sense of place,” or is this behavior 
learned, acquired by spending four years in a, well, 
place like Middlebury? 

I recently put this question to Christopher Shaw, 
a visiting lecturer in English and American literatures 
and himself a fair chronicler of place (for years he 
edited Adirondack Life magazine, and he’s the author 
of the acclaimed Sacred Monkey River: A Canoe Trip 
with the Gods). Each spring, Shaw teaches a course 
called Writing the Journey, and he says that while 
place, “being one of the basic elements of literature,” 
is a constant in his classes, he can almost always point 
to particular students who carry a “regional stamp 
[with them] and find the way to embody it in writing by being here at Middlebury, 
immersed in a place that is a little bit off to the side; with a perspective, but still of it.” 
“With a perspective, but still of it.” Couldn’t have said it better myself. — MJ 


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"I'm gonna tell you how it's 
gonna be/you're gonna give 
your love to me." Well, he 
doesn't go so far as to 
entirely channel the Stones, 
but Ari Fleischer, and others, 
rebut a caustic letter writer. 

Not the Midd Way 

Fete MacDonald ’50 writes (Letters, 
summer 2010) that because I was the 
White House press secretary to President 
George W. Bush, my “connection with 
Middlebury [should] be allowed to slip 
into oblivion.” 

Sorry Mr. MacDonald, that won’t 

I may—or may not—be one of the 
few George W. Bush Republicans to be 
a Middlebury graduate, but so what? 

Aren’t colleges supposed to be about 
rigorous debate, diversity of opinion, and 
respect for other people’s ideas? I suppose 
for Mr. MacDonald those who disagree 
with him should be banned—at least 
from Middlebury. So much for tolerance, 
open-mindedness, and respect. 

I don’t take what he wrote seri¬ 
ously, but it’s worth wondering what 
Middlebury, or any academic institution, 
would be like if the only people allowed 
were those who conform to one set of 
political views. 

Fortunately for all of us, Mr. 
MacDonald included, that’s not the 
tradition of either the United States or 
Middlebury College. 

Ari Fleischer ’82 
Pound Ridge, New York 

Viewpoints Welcome 

Although I haven’t communicated 
with anyone at Middlebury for many 
years, I am motivated to respond to Pete 
MacDonald’s quite violent condemna¬ 
tion of Ari Fleischer ’82 in the summer 
2010 issue of Middlebury Magazine. Let 
me say first that I do not know Mr. 
Fleischer personally, although I have seen 
him many times on television. Further, 

I consider George Bush to have been 
mostly a disaster as president, and if I had 
been living in the U.S., I doubt that I 
would have voted for him, especially for 
the second term. 

I do recall, though, that years back 
when I heard that a Middlebury graduate 
was press secretary, I was quite proud 
that the College was represented at 
such a high level. Several years ago, in 
the magazine, there were some strong 
condemnations of Fleischer because of 

his connections to President Bush, but I 
passed this off as part of the natural bent 
of youthful college students to protest. 
But this comment from Mr. MacDonald, 
who is essentially from my generation, 
although I don’t really remember him, 
seems to be totally uncalled for, and if 
he really does represent the Middlebury 
view on this sort of issue, then I am 
really concerned. I certainly hope that 
“most” Middlebury people can’t be so 

First, Mr. Fleischer, I assume, was 
hired to reflect and articulate whatever 
policies the administration might have. 
That was his job. Press secretaries are 
not expected to express personal points 
of view. I assume that he probably didn’t 
agree with everything, but it was his 
job to report what the president and 
the policy-makers wanted disseminated. 
Mr. MacDonald makes it look as if 
Mr. Fleischer actually formulated the 
policies. I assume that Mr. Fleischer is a 
Republican, but I am not aware that such 
an affiliation is a sin. 

Second, and more important from 
my point of view, the Middlebury of 
my generation, I thought, stood for the 
tolerance of various points of view, for 
intelligent discussion, for the notion 

that a liberal education was one that 
encouraged a variety of viewpoints even 
when such views clashed with one’s 
own beliefs. This is what I learned from 
our professors like Doc Cook, Pardon 
Tillinghast, and Tom Reynolds. What 
I see in Mr. MacDonald’s point of view, 
and to those who support his position, 
is a narrow notion of what a liberal 
education is. I really hope this is not the 
position of the College. 

Edward Hickcox ’j>j 
Victoria, British Columbia 

Learning from Fleischer 

With all due respect to Pete 
MacDonald ’50 and his wish that 
Ari Fleischer “Fade Away, Please,” 

Mr. MacDonald may want to reread 
Middlebury’s mission statement: 

“We strive to engage students’ capacity 
for rigorous analysis and independent 
thought within a wide range of disci¬ 
plines and endeavors, and to cultivate 
the intellectual, creative, physical, 
ethical, and social qualities essential for 
leadership in a rapidly changing global 
community. Through the pursuit of 
knowledge unconstrained by national 

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Ronald D. Liebowitz 

Louis Bacon ’79 
Adrian Benepe ’78 
Anthony M. Civale ’96 
Allan R. Dragone,Jr. ’78 
Donald M. Elliman,Jr. ’67 
Frederick M. Fritz ’68 
Charles Gately ’62 
Amy Geier 

Olivier P. L. Halley ’91 

Beverly L. Hamilton 

Jane Rosenthal Horvitz 

Ann Williams Jackson ’74 

James R. Keyes ’71 

Roxanne McCormick Leighton ’67 

Russell J. Leng ’6o 

Patrick L. McConathy 

Stephen McDonald 

David R. Mittelman ’76 

Garrett M. Moran ’76 

Michael C. Obel-Omia ’88 

Kimberly Collins Parizeau ’79 

Steven B. Peterson ’88 

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Elisabeth B. Robert ’78 

David A. Salem ’78 

Susan J. Scher ’86 

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John R. Tormondsen ’82 

James Edward Virtue ’82 

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Claire Waterhouse Gargalli ’64 

Robert C. Graham, Jr. ’63 

Willard T. Jackson ’51 

Betty Ashbury Jones, M.A. French ’86 

William H. Kieffer III ’64 

John M. McCardell, Jr. 

C. Irving Meeker ’50 
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David E. Thompson ’49 
Robert P. Youngman ’64 

Officers of the Corporation 
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Kendrick R. Wilson III, Vice Chair 
David A. Donahue ’91, Secretary 
Patrick J. Norton, Treasurer 


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or disciplinary boundaries, students who 
come to Middlebury learn to engage the 

I fail to see how denying Midd students 
access to a man who was in the inner 
circle at the White House builds the 
“capacity for rigorous analysis and inde¬ 
pendent thought” and helps them “learn 
to engage the world.” Mr. MacDonald 
also laments Mr. Fleischer’s return to 
campus in 2002 to receive the Alumni 
Achievement Award. I remember that 
well because my son, a junior at the 
time, called home to complain that he 
could not hear Mr. Fleischer’s acceptance 
speech because the sound—piped outside 
because Mead Chapel was Filled to ca¬ 
pacity—was drowned out by protesters. 

Isn’t it the duty of a world-class lib¬ 
eral arts college like Middlebury to pro¬ 
vide opportunities for students to engage 
in dialogue with people of all persuasions 
and views? Isn’t that how learning takes 
place? Despite his politics, Ari Fleischer 
was a heartbeat away from the president 
of the United States for more than four 
years and probably the most visible 
Middlebury alum, ever. There is much to 
learn from someone with his experience. 

Again, I respect Mr. MacDonald’s 
political view, but I sent my son to 
Middlebury so that he would have the 
opportunity to come face to face with 
leaders of all kinds, not just the ones I 
agree with. 

Jim Kaag P’03 
Morris Plains, New Jersey 

A Venomous Fixation 

Pete MacDonald’s rancid attack 
on Ari Fleischer struck the one sour note 
in an otherwise delightful summer issue. 

Middlebury has hosted several highly 
objectionable speakers over the past few 
years (Bill Clinton comes to mind), but 
Fleischer was not one of them. 

Fleischer, in contrast to other ques¬ 
tionable guests, served honorably and 
honestly in an administration that was 
forced to grapple as best it could with 
some of the most difficult and dangerous 
challenges any president has confronted 
since World War II. 

This in the face of a savagely partisan 
political opposition that fought him 
every inch of the way on every issue, to 
the cheers of a “mainstream” media that 
abandoned even the pretense of objec¬ 
tivity in its obsession with humiliating 
and destroying President Bush from 
day one. And yet no president in living 
memory has responded with more gra¬ 
cious restraint to such a Firestorm of toxic 
slanders—including, outrageously, calls 
for his assassination—not to mention the 
unprecedented attacks on him by two 
former presidents, and the current one, 
which, incredibly, still continue. 

My request to Mr. MacDonald and 
his fellow Bush-haters is to concentrate 
on correcting the catastrophic blunders 
of the present administration and let 
their venomous Fixation on the past one 
(and evidently every member of its team) 
“fade away, please.” 

Jack Rymsha ’74 
Lynn, Massachusetts 

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Applause for Ari 

Contrary to the opinions 
and suggestions set forth by Pete 
MacDonald, we applaud and support 
the College’s invitation last fall to An 
Fleischer, George W. Bush’s former press 
spokesman, to speak at the College and 
to grant him an Alumni Achievement 
Award in 2002. 

Likewise, although we disagree with 
the radical direction the Obama admin¬ 
istration is trying to take the country, 
we would encourage and support the 
College to recognize, as appropriate, the 
achievements of Middlebury alumni 
serving in the present administration. 

The significant achievements of 
Middlebury alumni in the political 
world should be recognized although 
one may disagree politically. We should 
strive to be “fair and balanced.” 

John F. HornbostelJr. ’62 
Elizabeth (Betty) J. Hornbostel ’62 
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to cover and could not put it down. 
Richard Hawley’s sentimental piece 
(“Held, In Place”) describes the draw 
of the hills with emotion, and Matt 
Jennings’s Viewfinder (“Survey Says”) 
is a reminder of how many of us remain 
truly dedicated to our alma mater and 
the wonderful sharing of it that this 
magazine provides. 

I would only opine that Mr. Hawley’s 
opinion, “It is said that you cannot love 
places the way you love people, but 
I believe you can,” seems to miss the 
fundamental lesson that I learned from 
my closest faculty-friends and mentors, 
Janine Clookey and John Elder: people 
and place are inseparable. Why one 
would choose to make such an unneces¬ 
sary distinction puzzles me, but all truths 
are hall-truths. Certainly being in a 
packed McCullough gymnasium on the 
occasion of Professor Elder’s retirement 
speech was a wholly physical experience, 
no less enriched by the tears in Stephen 
Trombulak’s eyes or the generations of 
students who come to Middlebury and 
return for splendid walks with the bard 

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of Bristol. Though they may not belong 
to us as they do to Him, the strength 
of the hills is in each one of us. I think 
Whitehead and Pittenger might agree. 

Alexander Lee ’97 
Concord, New Hampshire 

this from someone who only attended 
Middlebury for one year, and your head 
will surely swell, but try not to be too 
obvious about it. 

Jim Close ’74 
Mechanicville, New York 

Kudos to Midd Mag 

Middlebury Magazine is head and 
shoulders above any other alumni 
magazine that I get in the mail, and gets 
devoured from cover to cover (even the 
class notes). 

And while Matt Jennings is prob¬ 
ably right in concluding that “nothing 
screams I READ AND I CARE more 
than an angry letter” (“Survey Says” 
summer 2010), it is better to be inun¬ 
dated with angry letters than none at all. 
Readability is not about printing glow¬ 
ing paeans of praise for one’s alma mater, 
it’s about keeping the coals ot intellectual 
discourse alive, and Midd Mag does an 
enviable job of that. Now, imagine all 

Tap-Tap Tribute 

On August 9, 2010, there was a lovely 
reception here at Piper Shores to honor the 
memory of Mary Williams Brackett ’36. 

Inspired by Sarah Franco’s essay 
“Raising Canes,” in the summer issue, 
Joanne Buckeridge Booth 47 and I 
offered to sing a few rousing verses of 
the ballad “Gamaliel Painter’s Cane” in 
tribute to Mary. 

Of course, we put real energy into 
the “rap, rap, rap” and the “tap, tap, tap,” 
with our Middlebury canes—and I swear 
I heard a distant echo—“tap, tap, tap”— 
after our rendition. 

Gloria Antolini Keyser ’46 
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Sierra Crane-Murdoch’s article 
about West Virginia and Massey Energy 
(“Hollowed Ground,” summer 2010) 
was a great piece of writing, packed with 
imagery, details, human interest, ideas, 
and the reality of coal-mining com¬ 
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Long Tunnel: A Coal Miner’s Journey , by 
Meade Arble, written in the late 1970s, 
in the days she cited when the industry 
was doing better. A doctor’s son, Arble 
worked as a miner and wrote about the 
work, the miners, the community, and 
the life there—similar to what Sierra 
observed. It was one of those rare books 
I couldn’t put down. At that time, I was 
editor of Ingersoll-Rand’s Compressed 
Air magazine, which focused strongly on 
mining and mining equipment. 

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Mistake or Mischief? 

At the risk of sounding petty, I 
noticed that in “The Journey of Roberto 
Veguez” (summer 2010), Veguez talks 
about meeting his former French teacher 
in his apartment building. 

“My god, it’s you.” 

Any reason why “God” wasn’t 

I noticed, for example, that Super 
Bowl was capitalized, and throughout 
the magazine, Middlebury is referenced 
as the “College,” with a capital C. Surely, 
God is far more important than either 
one of these. 

I trust this was just an oversight on 
an editor’s part (or on Veguez’s part), and 
not yet another attempt to minimize 
God and religion. 

Patrick Henaghan, MA Spanish ’8o 
Medford, Massachusetts 

Editors’ Note: The decision to lowercase the 
G in “god” was based solely on its usage 
in the sentence and our interpretation of its 
intended meaning. God is always capitalized 

when referring to the Supreme Being; however, 
we did not interpret “mygod,” as such a refer¬ 
ence, but instead as a common expression like 
u god forsaken,” which is also lowercased. 

Counting Blessings 

Most of us leave Middlebury im¬ 
bued with idealistic visions and dreams 
of grandeur, of possibly achieving grand 
fame, or in the absence of that, at least 
some good material fortune with which 
to enhance our prosperity or perhaps en¬ 
dow a chair at Middlebury in the name 
of the professor who most inspired us. 

Seven years removed from graduation 
from Middlebury, I am fortunate to find 
myself finally on the path to “having it 
all,” and I wished to submit this letter to 
inspire hope and guard the spirit of op¬ 
timism and active effort that defines the 
journey of adulthood we all embraced 
together, as part of the Middlebury com¬ 
munity, when coming of age and begin¬ 
ning to launch the rest of our lives. 

I begin with my thanks. Professor 


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Carol Bakhos, who taught my freshman 
seminar Job, Faith, and Suffering, taught 
me that there’s much more to life than 
good grades and challenged me to be 
open to meaningful life experiences that 
would enhance my learning and holistic 
growth. Professor Allison Stanger is to 
me the model of all that is possible for a 
modern woman who refuses to uphold 
herself to anything but the highest of 
standards. I continue to tell myself that I 
will consider my life well lived if I master 
only a portion of the character and 
principles that guide her professional and 
personal life. Professor David Rosenberg 
is the symbol of caring, who supports all 
of his students’ hopes and dreams tire¬ 
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me the most from an intellectual stand¬ 
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him are the values, including humor, that 
shape the way he chooses to live. Last, 
but certainly not least, Sarah Gage ’82, 
longtime Pasadena resident, invested in 
my success by consistently believing in 

my competence so that I was psychologi¬ 
cally tricked into persistently expending 
my effort despite challenging external 
circumstances—a depressed economy 
and a lot of change at once. 

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nity experience feelings of personal 
inadequacy after reading the stories in 
Middlebury Magazine about lives dedicated 
to noble causes and the achievement of 
feats. Indeed, it is in our social nature to 
compare our progress in the attainment 
of goals with others. But psychology 
studies indicate that optimists, those 
who believe in the feasibility of a highly 
positive outcome for themselves, can 
glean from upward comparison vital 
information useful to their own personal 

Evaluation and commitment to 
course correction have been my twin 
pillars, guiding me to my current desti¬ 
nation. My marriage into a wonderful 
family exponentially increased my social 

resources, confidence, and resolve to 
continue to pursue my dreams each day. 
My decision to pursue a lifelong career 
in long-term care reform and caregiver 
policy, to promote the highest quality 
of life for senior citizens in the context 
of limited resources and demographic 
aging, provides me with an emotionally 
and financially meaningful source of 
intellectual engagement. Had I not pro¬ 
actively sought out routes to personal and 
professional success with great tenacity, 

I would not be writing this letter today. 
However, our lives must be much more 
than the sum of elation at success and 
disappointment with failure. 

I believe that a liberal arts education 
equips us to lead lives of high moral 
character, personal meaning, and pur¬ 
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me what the questions worth asking are 
as well as the methods and processes of 
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Something also needs to be said 
about the tremendous undertaking of 
Jean Seeler ’60 in organizing all the 
social events. She was indefatigable when 
it came to being sure that every kind 
of activity was available for our diverse 
tastes. She carefully wrote and planned— 
with the help of a few others—the 
memorial service; she arranged—with 
the generosity of Vcevy and Jane—the 
Friday night dinner under the tent; she 
helped find rooms for those people who 
arrived a bit late; and, most important, 
Jean was our “Guardian Anger’ through¬ 
out the four day event, being sure we 
knew the schedule, reminding us of 
the times and places of the class picture, 
the golf tournament, the walk with the 

Jean’s unflagging dedication to us 
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reunion will long be remembered. From 
the hearts ot a very grateful class, many, 
many thanks, Jean. 

Mike Robinson ’60 
Sudbury, Massachusetts 

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Noted journalist John 
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you what he had to say. 

Chime Dolmas journey to 
Middlebury was anything but 
conventional. It started by 
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tor, great professor, great friend,” added 
another. And Tery Martin-Boladeres 
offered this personal connection: 

Roberto does not know this, but as a little girl 
I had wished to have a cousin like him: his 
cousin Maria Elena was away on vacation 
with her parents, and we went to their house 
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bedroom with such reverence: he would not 
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That impacted me and I never forgot 
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So when my brother Jorge told me he was in 
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my long lost childhood friend. My husband 
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“Who Am I?” Kevin Redmon’s profile of 
Janet Mondlane Rodrigues ’12 (winter 
2010) continues to generate discussion 
online; this summer, Alden Anderson ’68 
took a critical view of the very definition 
of diversity: 

I guess you could say I come from a u privi- 
leged” white family. Though I can remember 
a Christmas when there would have been no 
presents under the tree but for the largess of my 
mother's college classmate. Nonetheless I come 
from that u white privilege” side. 

I have never been one to mince words so 
let me start with this. I resent the label u white 
privilege.” In Rudolph Harle's sociology class 
about prejudice, I learned stereotypes or labels 
were.. .well, I forget what we learned but let 
me tell you what I know them to be: stupid, 
meaningless, empty, sometime hurtful pejora- 
tives that add nothing to any conversation. 

I come from Maine and grew up in the 
Massachusetts suburbs. I and none of my 
friends never cast ourselves as being a white.” 

So in a very large way, race is not a burning 
issue. Should it be? 

My answer is no, and I'll tell you why. 

Do you want me to tell you, Janet, who you 
are? The fact is—only you can. So don't put 
the onus on me. If you must use race as your 
frame of reference, how can it be otherwise 
that your race — and, wrongly, my race—will 
always be an issue for you? 

Diversity is just another lousy label for 
classifying people by race, color, gender, sexual 

14 Middlebury Magazine 

preference, or creed. It is invidious terminol¬ 
ogy that too many people hide behind. I really 
would like someone to tell me just what it 
means. Is it a means to an end? What end? 
An end in itself? Does it mean one group is 
supposed to move over and make room for 10 
other groups? 

I had the experience o f living in Brooklyn 
this past year. Diversity in action. Fifteen 
nationalities or more talking different lan¬ 
guages often living together in certain neighbor¬ 
hoods; none talking to each other as nobody 
could understand another. Diversity in action 
instead of some insipid meaningless term. 

Now, if sometime you want to talk about 
giving people—or perhaps even groups of peo¬ 
ple—the dignity and respect that every human 
being deserves, I would then know what you're 
talking about. In the meantime, treat everyone 
you meet the way you would like to be treated. 
No “diversity ” needed. 

Other comments of note have pertained 
to content created exclusively for the dig¬ 
ital magazine. Jack Byrne, Middlebury’s 
Director of Sustainability Integration, 
had this to say about a story that explored 
the College’s composting operation: 

This is a great story about one of our most 
successful efforts to close the loop in our use of 
natural resources. It's great to see that we are 
using our compost to keep our athletic fields in 
good shape organically. I want to mention, too, 
that the Organic Garden uses the food waste 
compost to grow produce that is served in the 
dining halls, which is a really short closed loop! 

And next time I need a read on the ripe¬ 
ness of a compost pile Vm going to ask John 
Gosselin for his olfactory opinion. 

And, finally, a story about Middlebury 
grads looking back on their first year in 
Teach for America generated this com¬ 
ment from Beth Schmidt ’06, an alum of 
both the College and TFA: 

It was great to read about the current 
Middlebury alums tackling TFA. I am both 
a Middgrad and a Los Angeles corps member 
and am now working on launching Wishbone, 
org, a nonprofit organization which strives to 
bring opportunity to “at risk ” high school stu¬ 
dents through direct sponsorship of after school 
and summer programs via online donors. 

I would encourage my fellow alums to 
make sure they prioritize their health and hap¬ 
piness throughout their experience. Longevity 
in giving back will extend past their corps 
member commitment if they have compassion 
for themselves. 

It is wonderful to see that other alums are 
taking on the huge and urgent challenge of 
educational inequity! 

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Friends Bearing Gifts: 

40 Years of Acquisitions 
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Through December 12, 2010 

Middlebury College Museum of Art, 

Christian A. Johnson Memorial Galler)', Free 
Highlighting 40 acquisitions—including 
impressive works from a variety of 
periods and cultures represented in 
the museum's permanent collection. 
Made possible by a loyal and generous 
membership group. 


Caparisoned Horse, Chinese, Eastern Wei 
dynasty (534-550), polychrome ceramic, 
12 3 A x 12 Vz x 7 % inches. Middlebury 
College Museum of Art, purchase with 
funds provided by the Friends of Art 

Diana Fanning, piano 
Jupiter String Quartet 
Dieuwke Davydov, cello 

November 12, 2010 

8: oo p.m., Mead Memorial Chapel, Free 
The Middlebury College Performing Arts Series' 1 , 000 th event! Works by 
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November 18-21,2010 

8:oo p.m. each evening, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Seeler Studio Theatre 
Tickets: $10/8/6 

Director Claudio Medeiros '90 tackles Euripides' epic tale of war, love, and 
revenge, proving that Greek tragedy remains compelling 2,500 years later. 
Behind-the-Scenes Lunch and Discussion, November 16 , 2010 . 

Silkscreen Prints 

December 2-14, 2010 

Johnson Memorial Building, Pit Space, Free 

This exhibition is a culmination of in- ^ 

depth studio practice. Students address 

their own imaginations. 

Tom Ladeau '11, silkscreen print 

Broken Embraces 

January 8, 2011 

3:00 and 8:00 p.m., Dana Auditorium, Free 

The Hirschfield International Film Series presents Pedro Almodovar's latest 
film, starring Lluis Homar and Penelope Cruz. "A voluptuary of a film, drunk 
on primary colors."—Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times 

Ezra Axelrod '08 

January 8, 2011 

8:00 p.m., Mahaney Center for the Arts, 

Concert Hall, Free 

With vivid narratives, gritty soulfulness, and 
the stylings of a cowboy-turned-classical- 
pianist, Music Department alumnus 
Axelrod returns to Middlebury to launch his 
'American Motel" International Tour. 

Christal Brown 

photo Alan Kimara Dixon 

The Dance Company of Middlebury: 

Culture, Cash, and Community: To Have or To Have Not 

January 21-22, 2011 

8:00 p.m. each evening, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre, Tickets: $10/8/6 
Artistic Director Christal Brown and DCM perform at Middlebury before 
traveling to New Orleans's Seventh Ward for a week of community 
engagement through dance and music. Postperformance discussion and 
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Bridget Besaw (“Can the Louisiana 
Coast Be Saved?” p. 34) is an award¬ 
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Elisabeth Crean (“House of Blues,” 
p. 48) is a writer in Grand Isle,Vermont. 

Gianni De Conno (“The Plunge,” 
p. 88) is an illustrator based in Italy. 

Thomas England (“Emily s List,” p. 26) 
is a photographer based in Atlanta. 

Emma Dodge Hanson (“Childs Play,” 
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Hadley Hooper (“Can the Louisiana 
Coast Be Saved?” p. 34) is an illustrator in 
Denver. Her work can be found at 
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Leah Koenig ’04 (“The Plunge,” p. 88) 
is a writer in New York City. 

David Lindholm ’05 (“Being Karl 
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Tad Merrick (“House of Blues,” 
p. 48) is a photographer in Middlebury. 

Mario Morgado (“Tales From the 
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Emily Peterson ’08 (“Can the 
Louisiana Coast Be Saved?” p. 34) lives in 
Washington, DC., where she writes and 
works for Oceana, an organization that 
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Miguel Santamarina (“Cue 
McEwan,” p. 20) is an illustrator based in 

Terry Sebastian (“When the Earth 
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Brett Simison (“Being Karl 
Lindholm,”p. 32) is a photographer in 
Middlebury and a regular contributor to 
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Deborah Sontag (“When the Earth 
Shook,” p. 40) is a writer with the New 
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Sarah Tuff ’95 (“Child s Play,” p. 46) is 
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uphill ■ 


Cue McEwan 

E ven the 


writers aren’t 
always the best 
prefer soundless solitude to 
adoring crowds—so it was a 
welcome surprise when Ian 
McEwan smoothly strode to 
the podium in Mead Chapel 
on a beautiful September 
evening and began his talk by 
thanking everyone for coming 
when they’d “surely rather 
be lounging outside in that 
delicious dusk.” 

Wooing words. 

From that moment, the 
filled-to-capacity crowd was 
cued up to relax and savor an 
ensuing hour of the award¬ 
winning Englishman’s graceful 
wit, rolling metaphors, and 
evocative turns of phrase. 

McEwan is often referred 
to as one of the finest living 
writers, and he has indeed 
won nearly every prize an 
English author can win. 

Nearly half of his novels have 
been made into films—most 
recently the Oscar-nominated 
and critically acclaimed 
Atonement —and many remain 
on college and high school 
reading lists worldwide. He is 
well known for his fictional 
forays into the seamier side 
of human nature, with novels 
that reach uncomfortably 
into lost childhood, deviant 
sexuality, and disjointed 
family life. From orphans who 
hide their mother in a grave 
of concrete to the deeply 
perceptive horror of Nazi 
camps to innocent mishaps 
with malevolent consequences, 
McEwan’s characters look 

nothing yet everything like 

Speaking to a crowd of 
mostly students with a fair 
showing of faculty, staff, 
and community members, 
McEwan read from his latest 
novel, Solar. The scene he 
chose focused on the main 
character in a way that was 
both intensely humorous and 
sadly tragic. The audience 
laughed uproariously one 
minute and sat as still as stones 
the next. The younger faces, 
especially, were a mixture 
of awe, tension, relief, and 
hilarity. McEwan’s voice 
boomed with narrative force 
and then suddenly shrank to 
a whisper; he enlivened the 
space between his words on 
the page and true human 
nature unfolding, and no one 

wanted to miss a moment. 

When finished, McEwan 
smiled and reached for his 
water, then quickly stepped 
down from the podium to 
take questions. After the 
typically slow start, with a 
few questions called out from 
the crowd, students soon 
hurried from their seats to line 
up behind the microphone 
halfway up the center aisle. 

Questions ranged from the 
expected—“How did you first 
know you were a writer?”—to 
the more random—“Do you 
like salt and vinegar potato 
chips?”—to the technically 
fundamental—“How do you 
do your research?”—and 
McEwan answered each with 
sincerity. He discussed his 
diligent approach to detail, his 
broad experience writing for 

20 Middlebury Magazine 

Illustration by Miguel 

television and the stage as well 
as novels, and his obsession 
with research: he followed a 
neurosurgeon for an entire 
year before writing one word 
of Saturday. Overall he advised 
young writers to read anything 
and everything they could get 
their hands on to leam the art 
of using detail to make a story. 
Referring to the passage he 
had just read in Solar , he said, 
“You can write that he took 
a train home after a long day 
at work, or you can take 23 
pages and describe every single 
important moment of that 

Earlier in the evening, as 
students were filtering in from 
dining halls and late athletic 
practices—one young man 
rushed in still carrying a soccer 
ball—a brief poll revealed a 
range of familiarity with the 
author. Some had read a book 
or two for a class, nearly all 
had seen Atonement , and others 
didn’t have any idea at all who 
the speaker was. “I could tell 
he was someone important 
from the way people were 
talking about this,” said 
one wide-eyed first-year. “I 
knew I’d be crazy to miss 
it.” From behind, a prudent 
upperclassman chimed in to 
say, “We get some pretty 
interesting speakers here, but 
this is big, really big.” 

Later in the fall, author John 
Irving also spoke to a capacity 
crowd in Mead Chapel. For a 
related article, see 


Graveyard + Shift Take a look at your computer. You're probably going to use it for about 
four or five years. And then you'll get a new one, and your old machine goes... where, exactly? 
Middlebury College owns about 3,000 computers, and we wondered where they go when 
their days are done. 

1 . 


Then the computer’s hard 
drive is either wiped clean, 
using a program called 
D-BAN. (That's short for 
Darik's Boot and Nuke.) 

Or it's removed and 


For a related video story, 

A computer destined for 
retirement arrives at the 
Davis Family Library 
Helpdesk where it is 
logged in and sent to the 
sub-basement. (That's a 
restricted area that few 
people outside of 
Library and Information 
Services even know 

There, the computer is locked in 
a room called Cage 2 for at least 
30 days (just in case the former 
user needs to recover some 
data from the machine). 

Finally, the retired computers are sorted into 
three categories: 


Parts Machines are used 
to give new life to existing 
equipment on campus. 


Campus Replacements 
are reloaded with 
software and assigned 
as needed. 


And Donation 
Equipment provides 
computers to schools, 
fire departments, 
libraries, and nonprofit 
organizations, as a way 
for the College to help 
out the community. 
Since 2005, the 
College has donated 
670 machines. 


■ Middlebury students can 
now choose from two new 
minors—linguistics and global 
health. According to Stefano 
Mula, linguistics program 
director, "This is a natural if 
not necessary complement to 
our curriculum." Bob Cluss, 
director of the global health 
program, says the new minor 
offers an overview of contem¬ 
porary global public health and 
creates a host of interdisciplin¬ 
ary opportunities. ■Also on 
the academic front, Middle¬ 
bury and the Monterey 
Institute have established 
integrated degree programs 
for students wanting to earn a 
BA from Middlebury and an 
MA from Monterey in just five 
years, in international environ¬ 
mental policy, international 
policy studies, nonproliferation 
and terrorism studies, teaching 
foreign language, and teaching 
English to speakers of other 
languages. ■ Roman 
Polanski's latest thriller. The 
Ghost Writer, kicked off the 
Hirschfield International Film 
Series on September 11 in 
Dana Auditorium. The free 
movie series, which happens 
to be a great excuse for a 
cheap date, also includes 
Bright Star by Jane Campion, 
the 2010 International Human 
Rights winner Tibet in Song by 
Ngawang Choephel Hon. D. 

'02, and Capitalism: A Love 
Story by Michael Moore. ^The 
Museum of Art rustled 
around in the attic and pulled 
together a stunning exhibition 
called "Friends Bearing Gifts: 
40 Years of Acquisitions from 


Illustrations by Nate Williams 

Fail 2010 21 

up hill 


Sign Me Up 

Each fall we look forward—often with envy—to seeing the new list of course offerings and how they're adapting to our changing 
world. Here are a few that caught our attention. 

Course Name 


What's It About? 

Millennial Media: Youth Audiences 

and Commercial Culture 


Louisa Stein 

How coming-of-age "millennials" are depicted in film, TV and digital 
media—from Harry Potter to Glee. 

From George Washington 
to John Travolta: Social Dance 
in Popular Culture 

.._ , 


1 Andrew Wentink 

Long before "Dancing with the Stars," social dance was the perfect 
meeting ground for religion, gender, morality, etiquette, and politics. 

Economics of Happiness 

Magic and the Occult in Western 

Alfred Stieglitz and 
the Camera Work Era 

Solar Decathlon 2011: 
Discipline, Coordination, & 
Professional Practice 

Jihad vs. McWorld: 
The Political Economy 
of Globalization 

Literary Feasts: Representations 
of Food in Modern Narrative 

The Politics of International 
Humanitarian Action 

The Politics of Virtual Realities 

Carolyn Craven 

If we all just want to have more money, why doesn't 
a growing GDP make us happy? 

Paul Monod 

Kristen Hoving 

Andrea Murray 

David Rosenberg and 
Jeffrey Lunstead 

Sandra Carletti 

Sarah Stroup 

Allison Stanger 

No rabbits in hats, but a deep look into an ancient 
fascination with magic and the occult. 


Alfred Stieglitz helped define photography as fine art, and this class 
will bring his work to life in an exhibition next spring. 

Students prep for a trip to Washington, D.C., to exhibit their fully 
functioning state-of-the-art solar home on the Mall in fall 2011. 

Seniors just back from studying abroad compare notes on two major 
forces shaping the world today. 

The power of the palate—for good, for greed, 
for prayer, politics, and seduction. 

Students explore the multibillion dollar humanitarianism industry 
as an approach to global politics. 

Has the U.S. Constitution met its match with the Internet? 
Upholding ideals of liberty and equality in the age of lawless 

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During VOICES, a highlight 
of first-year orientation, 
a group of upperclassmen 
welcomes new students 
each fall by acting out 
scenes inspired by their 
admissions essays. From 
the purely hilarious to the 
emotionally wrenching, 
the evening never fails 
to encourage classwide 

the Friends of the Art Museum." 
The show includes a prized 
ancient Chinese mirror as well 
as works by modern masters 
such as Chuck Close and 
Jasper Johns. The exhibition is 
open through December 12. ■ 
This year's Clifford Sympo¬ 
sium took place September 
23-25 and explored issues of 
global health amid modern 
technology. A well-attended 
series of lectures, discussions, 
and workshops grappled with 
the inequities that prevail 
worldwide despite numerous 
technological innovations and 
improvements for combating, 
even eradicating, diseases. 
Participants included academ¬ 
ics as well as health-care 
professionals, with a provoca¬ 
tive presentation from a 
filmmaker who uses arts for 
advocacy. ■There's a new 
way 'round town. The 
much-anticipated Cross Street 
Bridge and Main Street 
roundabout will keep traffic 
running smoothly. It's still too 
soon to tell what difference it 
will make, but we'll know for 
sure after the first big home 
hockey game. "Signs of 
change. The halls of Meeker 
and Munford, most recently 
home to administrative offices, 
are filled once again with 
soundly sleeping students. 
Over the summer, the two 
buildings were renovated back 
to dorms—the state they were 
in until 1998. Also making a 
move this fall is the Communi¬ 
cations office—from the Old 
Courthouse in town to the 
historically renovated 152 
College Street. 

P H O T OCHA l> II BY 1)K E IT S 1 M I S () N 

Fall 2010 23 




FYI New Faculty: Get the FAQs ASAP 

Twenty-six new faculty joined Middlebury this year, and with that comes the inevitable barrage of "How do I ..." questions, not to 
mention the accompanying task of deciphering institutional acronyms. Test your own alacrity with abbreviations and see how well 
you'd fare on campus! (answers below) 

1. BOC 3. CSO 5. IACUC 7. SRC 9. DoF 11. AA 

2. CAOS 4. CTLR 6. LIS 8. FRAF 10. FAP 12. MIIS 

Meeting of the Minds 

The annual Alumni 
College, held at 
Middlebury’s Bread Loaf 
campus, is a weekend-long 
late-August gathering for 
alums interested in reliving 
the undergraduate classroom 
experience. This August, 
courses ranged in topic from 
campus sustainability and 
movie culture to the current 
recession and medieval 
Chinese literature. Associate 
Professor of English and 
American Literatures Timothy 
Billings taught a course on 
Shakespeare’s sonnets— 
including the more risque 
ones—and here’s what he had 
to say about his warm-up to 
the fall semester: 

How long have you been 
teaching Shakespeare? 

Seventeen years total, 12 at 

How did you decide on the 
subject for this year's Alumni 
College course? 

Shakespeare’s sonnets are 
perfect for a four-day course 
because the sequence as 
published in 1609 is an 
integral work, and yet each 
of its 154 parts is also a work 
unto itself. I’ve been trying 
out various ways of teaching 

the sonnets for years—in 
surveys, alongside the plays-— 
and I wanted to extend 
that experiment with more 
“mature” students. Think of a 
verse like: “In me thou see’st 
the glowing of such fire that 
on the ashes of his youth doth 
lie as the deathbed whereon 
it must expire consumed with 
that which it was nourished 
by.” That has a very different 
feel when read by a 91 -year- 
old than by a 19-year-old. 

And what was that 

Well, in some ways it was 
like any other Middlebury 
course: I supplied historical 
backgrounds and an 
interpretative framework, and 
then we read and discussed 
individual poems. But there 
was a depth of engagement 
with the material among 
the alumni that I had never 
seen, even in my most 
sophisticated students. It was 
extremely moving. And yet 
also wildly hilarious. I don’t 
think I’ve ever laughed so 
hard in a classroom. That 
humor seemed to come from 
somewhere, perhaps a sense 
of confidence despite the 
challenges of the poetry. 

Do you think your experience 
will change how you teach 
your regular classes? 

Almost certainly, but I’m not 
sure exactly how yet. One’s 
teaching is always evolving, of 
course, as much in response to 
the students in front of you as 
to the ones behind. 

Your course description 
refers to "controversial" 
sonnets. Which are they and 

Oh, dear. How about this one: 
“A woman’s face with nature’s 
own hand painted hast thou, 
the master-mistress of my 
passion”? I probably shouldn’t 
quote much more unless I 
can be assured of an NC-17 
rating for this interview! Of 
course, the real controversies 
arise from the reception of the 
poetry, how readers react to 
what they find there. But there 
is a persona that emerges from 

the sequence that is much 
more agonized, self-abasing, 
proud, moody, passionate, 
and downright mean-spirited 
than most readers would ever 
realize from sonnets like “Shall 
I compare thee to a summer’s 
day?” That complexity— 
whether it corresponds to 
Shakespeare’s true nature or 
not—is fascinating. 

What in particular about the 
experience will stick with 

The age range of our class 
was from about 30 to 95—a 
nonagenarian, by the way, 
who could recite a sonnet with 
as much gusto as I have ever 
heard. One of my “students” 
was the grandmother of seven 
Midd alums. Now, that’s 
lifelong learning! 

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Photograph courtesy of Veer 

On the Air 

‘Well, Bill, thank you for just 
scaring the crap out of me . . . 
Goodnight everybody!” 

—David Lettennan on finishing his interview with Middlebury Scholar in Residence Bill McKibben, who was there to discuss the 
climate crisis, during the August 31 airing of the CBS Late Show. 

| Syllabus] 

Global Health 



This course provides an introductory survey of the 
basic issues and initiatives in contemporary global public health, 
including case studies of public health projects in locales such 
as Nepal, Haiti, and Pakistan. We will explore the political, 
socioeconomic, and cultural complexity of health problems and 
critically examine the structure and methods of global public 
health institutions. We will focus on social and cultural aspects 
of global health issues, and will also draw heavily on other disci¬ 
plines like epidemiology and biology. 


Anne-Emanuelle Birn et al.. Textbook of International Health 
Paul Farmer, Partner to the Poor 
Catherine Campbell, Letting Them Die 

Closser Says 

“I enjoy teaching this course —and am excited about the 
minor—because it really allows exploration of important topics 
using a number of different disciplines, from anthropology to 
biology to economics. This allows us fresh, nuanced perspec¬ 
tives on important questions, such as: Why do almost 10 million 
children under five die from preventable and treatable causes? 
And what can be done about it? A liberal arts college is a perfect 
place for critical, interdisciplinary reflection on these issues.” 


On August 10, Professor of Psychology Barbara Hofer spoke 
with Erica Hill on CBS’s The Early Show about her recent book, 
The iConnected Parent: Staying Close to Your Kids in College (and 
Beyond) While Letting Them Grow Up. 

BH: So much changed just a 
few years ago . . . What I 
started observing was that kids 
were walking out of class 
flipping open their cell phones 
and rather than calling their 
friends, they were calling mom 
and dad to say, “I got a C on 
my calculus test” or “Wait ’til 
you hear what happened with 
my roommate last night.” 

EH: Isn’t that a good thing, 
though? We hear so much that 
kids don’t talk to their parents 

BH: I think there are good 
and bad points about this, and 
that’s what I was really 
interested in, both what’s good 
in terms of this new relation¬ 

ship kids have with their 
parents, but also some of the 
negative consequences, when 
kids are so connected that 
they’re not autonomous, 
independent, and growing into 
adults as they should. 

E H : So what are the negatives 
that you found? 

BH: We found that the kids 
who talk with their parents the 
most are the ones who are the 
least autonomous, the least 
likely to be able to regulate 
their own behavior. They’re 
not. . . growing into adults as 
they should. 

EH: So then when do they 
become adults? 

BH: Well, this is what worries 
us. But they do become adults 
if the parents can leam to back 
off a little bit. And it’s not just 
about letting go—which is 
what parents have been told to 
do when their kids go to 
college—it’s about letting go 
while staying connected, and 
how to stay connected in really 
healthy ways. 

Photograph by Tad Merrick 

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downhill S T U D E N T 


Emily's List 

ROTC. Check. Jump School. Check. WHINSEC. Check. What's next for Cadet Emily Nunez '12? 

By Robert Keren 


on its way 
up to 105 
degrees. Army 
Cadet Emily Nunez ’12 is 
sprindng down the road in 
combat boots with 60 pounds 
of parachute gear strapped to 
her back. 

It’s four in the morning at 
Fort Benning, Georgia. 

Soon Nunez will board 
a C-130 transport plane for 
her first jump. The sergeant 
running alongside her spits 
out a few choice expletives, 
barking that his dead 
grandmother could run faster 
than she does. 

“So that was motivational,” 
Nunez says later, laughing 
about it back at Middlebury. 

“I just kept telling myself that 
I’ve made it this far. You can’t 
give up now.” 

Emily Nunez was bom 
at West Point. Her father, 
an Army colonel (now 
retired), currently serves as a 
provincial action officer for 
the U.S. Department of State, 
in Iraq, and her uncle was an 
astronaut who made three 
NASA shuttle flights during 
his career as a Marine Corps 
colonel. She has lived on 
Army bases (Fort Drum, Fort 
Leavenworth) her whole life 
and now considers Carlisle, 
Pennsylvania, the site of the 
U.S. Army War College, her 

Nunez is fluent in Spanish 
and French, and she just 
started her third foreign 
language, Portuguese, this fall. 
Though slight of frame—she 
stands just five foot three— 
Nunez can do 85 push-ups 
in two minutes and shouts 
commands like a drill sergeant. 

Each week, during 
the academic year, the 
international studies major 
changes into an Army 
combat uniform and drives 
to Burlington for a 300-level 
military science class, 

Leading and Training Small 
Organizations, part of her 
commitment to the Green 
Mountain Battalion, the Army 
ROTC unit based at the 
University of Vermont. 

It’s a short walk from her 
room in Munford to her car 
parked behind the Mahaney 
Center for the Arts, but last 
year she lived in Pearsons 
Hall and started her ROTC 
commute by trekking across 
campus before driving up to 
Burlington. In uniform with 
her hair in a bun and an Army 
patrol cap on her head, she got 
some unusual looks from her 
fellow students. “I was usually 
in a hurry,” Nunez recalls, “so 
most people wouldn’t stop to 
ask what’s this woman in an 
Army uniform doing here, but 
I am sure that some of them 
thought I was going to the 
CFA to audition for a play.” 

It was hardly acting 

this summer when Nunez 
reported to Jump School at 
Fort Benning. She was one of 
only 30 women among the 
original cadre of 600 soldiers 
in Bravo Company, which 
consisted of cadets, enlisted 

Whether enrolling in ROTC, 
attending Jump School, or 
commanding a multinational 
platoon of cadets, Emily Nunez 
has deftly handled whatever 
has come her way. 

26 Middlebury Magazine 

Photograph by Thomas England 

personnel, and officers from 
all four branches of the 
military. Their common goal: 
to complete the Army’s basic 
airborne course, earn their 
silver wings, and become 
“airborne qualified.” Only 480 
soldiers in Nunez’s company 
got their wings. Some were 
sent home for failing to keep 
up with the physical demands. 
Others were eliminated for 
seemingly minor infractions, 
such as having Skittles in their 
pockets. As Nunez wrote in 

an e-mail after the first week, 
“The environment here is very 
structured, and it is easy to get 
kicked out. Out of the 600 
students that started, only 520 

During the first week 

of Jump School, students 
are taught how to wear the 
parachute harness and how to 
use training apparatus, such as 
the mock door (for learning 
how to exit an aircraft), 
the parachute-landing-fall 
platform, and the 34-foot 
tower that helps simulate 
the physical sensation of an 
actual jump. The second week 
reinforces the safety measures 
learned during the first week 
(feet and knees together; tuck 
your chin) and culminates in 

Prior to Jump School, 
Nunez attended the Western 
Hemisphere Institute for 
Security Cooperation, or 
WHINSEC. Nunez was 
assigned to a platoon of cadets 
from the Dominican Republic 
and the U.S. and spent her 
days immersed in courses—all 
taught in Spanish by faculty 
from Latin America—about 
human rights, international 
law, ethics, democracy, and 


'They looked at me 
like I was crazy 
because In their 
culture no woman 
has ever given them 
an order like that 

parachute jumps from Fort 
Benning’s famed 250-foot 

During week three, 
students make five qualifying 
jumps from a C-130, at 1,250 
feet. For Nunez, this meant 
three Hollywood jumps, so 
called because they are taken 
with a parachute and reserve 
chute, but no combat gear; 
one night jump; and one jump 
wearing 90 pounds of combat 
gear. The school concludes 
with a graduation ceremony 
during which the airborne- 
qualified men and women— 
buck privates and full-bird 
colonels alike—receive their 

“We exchanged long 
goodbyes and telephone 
numbers,” Nunez mused. 
“You develop a special bond 
with people when you jump 
out of an airplane together, 
and some members of Bravo 
Company would soon be 
deployed to Afghanistan.” 

During the first week 
of the three-week school, a 
male Dominican cadet served 
as platoon sergeant for the 
unit of 25 Dominican and 15 
American cadets. Nunez was 
placed in charge the second 
week. Immediately there was 
a change in behavior. 

“We had to be at formation 
every morning at 6 a.m., and 
no one had been late up to 
this point,” Nunez relates. 
“Everyone had been doing 
what they were supposed to 
do. But on my first morning 
in charge, it was 6 a.m., and 
we were missing 10 male 
Dominicans. Finally, at 6:10 
they started arriving, and 
so I asked them in Spanish, 
‘Where were you?’ and they 
gave me some excuses.” 

When Nunez gets to this 
part of the story, her shoulders 
square and her voice stiffens. 
“So I told them, ‘Just because 
I am a female doesn’t mean 
that you can disrespect me 

and disrespect the rest of the 
platoon by showing up late.’ 
But they didn’t really seem 
to care, especially this one 
Dominican whose father was 
pretty high up in the military, 
so I told them all to get down 
and give me 30 push-ups. 

They looked at me like I was 
crazy because in their culture 
no woman has ever given 
them an order like that before. 

“After that, I could see a 
bit of a change among the 
Dominicans. But I saw that 
dynamic more than once. ... I 
was called la mujer , the woman, 
instead of Cadet Nunez. That 
was really offensive to me as 
a woman in the United States 
Army. You just don’t do that 
to your fellow soldier. So I 
pulled him aside and explained 
it to him. 

I really think he got the point.” 

Nunez originally thought 
she might pursue a career 
in military intelligence, but 
now she’s looking into law 
school and the Army’s Judge 
Advocate Generals Corps. 

“Lots of people have the 
wrong perception of the 
Army. They think it’s all about 
the infantry . . . But to me, 
the Army is a group of really 
smart people committed to 
working together to achieve 
a goal.” 

To illustrate her point, the 
20-year-old tells this story: Last 
spring she was nominated for 
a Public Service Leadership 
Award at Middlebury. Her 
commanding officer, Lt. Col. 
Michael Palaza, came down 
from Burlington to attend 
the reception with her. They 
were sitting together, both 
in dress uniform, as the 
achievements of some of the 
other students were read aloud. 
One was helping refugees in 
Africa. Another was rebuilding 
homes in New Orleans. Some 
were raising awareness about 
global health. That’s when 
Palaza turned to Nunez and 
whispered, “That’s what we 
do in the Army, too.” 

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fl|E (Uropf 

You've walked past it many times 
... on your way to a football game, 
perhaps, or to a performance at 
the Mahaney Center for the Arts. 

It sits right on Route 30 adjacent to 
campus. And it's the final resting 
place for some of the College's 
most familiar names—Painter, 
Battell, Monroe, Stewart. 

So come along. West Cemetery 
beckons. Jim Ralph '82, Rehnquist 
Professor of American History 
and Culture, will be your guide. 

Photographs by Mario Morgado 

The Middlebury 
Cemetery, also 
known as West 
Cemetery, was 
arguably the 
town's first history 
museum. Its 
gravestones and 
monuments are 
more than 
markers of the 
tell much about 
the significance of 
the lives that they 

John W. Stewart, 
Class of 1846, was 
governor from 
1870 to 1872 and a 
longtime member 
of Congress, 
as well as a 
dedicated trustee 
of. the College. 
William Slade, 
Class of 1807 (left), 
was a leading 
and governor of 
Vermont from 
1844 to 1846. 



T. 'W 

Being Karl Lindholm 

A son reflects on his fathers legacy. By David Lindholm ’05 

When I was about 10 years old, my dad, my sister, and I 
were walking our dog Bodie through the woods behind the golf 
course. Bodie picked up a scent and started to search, snout to the 
ground, stopping only when he spotted a rabbit about 10 yards 
away. As the two animals tore off through the woods, I marveled 
at Bodie’s ability to track down the rabbit using only his nose. 

I turned to my dad and said, “Sometimes I wish I could smell 
like a dog.” 

My dad’s eyes lit up. I stormed off, furious, before he could 
even deliver a punch line. 


Recently, I wrote to my dad asking for some 
guidance. I’d been thinking a lot about my career, wondering 
if it was time for me to make a change and follow in the 
footsteps of my dad and grandfather. 

“I don’t really have any advice for you,” my dad responded, 
at the start of a long e-mail. 

Karl Lindholm ’67 started working at Middlebury in 1976, 
the same year that his father, my grandfather Milt, retired as the 
dean of admissions at Bates. (Milt started working at Bates, his 
alma mater, at the age of 33 and stayed for 32 years; my dad’s 
tenure at Middlebury began at the age of 31 and has lasted 34 
years.) Hired in the student affairs office. Dad ended up working 
just about everywhere—teaching in the American literature and 
American civilization departments; serving at various times as 
dean of students, advising, off-campus study, and just about every 
Commons; and even helping out with the baseball team. Earlier 
this year, he decided to retire from Middlebury at the end of 2010. 

Over the years, thousands of Middlebury students have 
come to my dad for advice of one sort or another. I know this 
from experience. As a kid, walking around with my dad was a 
painfully slow experience; we couldn’t get from Old Chapel to 
McCullough without 10 students stopping him with a question 
about study abroad or the drop/add deadline. 

When we left campus, getting from Ben Franklin to Forth ’N 
Goal could take 20 minutes; alums, parents, and friends would 
stop him for a friendly chat. Even in California, at the kid’s 
paradise that is Disneyland (I was seven), I heard the familiar call 
of “Dean Lindholm!” from yet another former student, wanting 
to catch up with Dad, to thank him for something from years 

The e-mail that my dad wrote to me actually did, of course, 
contain plenty of advice. Some of his recommendations were 
what I expected: “Don’t be narrow, enjoy many facets of life, 
develop your whole self,” and yet at the same time, “Don’t sell 
yourself short. Go for the gold, if that’s what you want. Don’t be 
afraid to.” 

But he also surprised me when he talked about his own 
! career. 

“I have had a hard time specializing, devoting myself to one 
thing,” he wrote. “There’s a side of me I don’t frequently expose 
that wonders if I might have accomplished more with my life.” 

With experience in so many roles, Dad has made a career out 
of being a “Master Jack-of-all-Trades,” as he describes it. This 
made him indispensable at Middlebury; when a dean for a new 
department was needed, Karl was always there, and he could 
bring his perspective and experience to get the job done. But it 
also made him wonder if he lacked ambition, which kept him 
from rising to the very top of his field. 

I was shocked. I couldn’t believe that it wasn’t as easy for my 
! dad to see what he had achieved as it was for me. For all of my 
28 years, he’s been helping me with every crisis I’ve had, from 
small and practical (“this English paper sucks and I need help 
with it”) to the large and existential (“what the hell am I doing 
with my life?”). Not only that, but I’ve seen him do the same for 
countless Middlebury students. 

He signed off the e-mail with his best advice. 

“Take care,” he wrote. “Be good. Have fun. Work hard.” 

i # 

My dad has a story for every occasion, and there’s often 
a lesson behind it. I don’t think he always knows exactly what 
he’s teaching, but there’s always something to learn. 

Since that day almost 20 years ago, the story of how I wished 
that I could smell like a dog has become a Lindholm family 
favorite. Somewhere along the line, after hearing my dad tell the 
tale a few thousand times, I learned to ease up and laugh along. 

I’ve grown up a lot since that day in the woods. I no longer 
spend much time wishing that I could smell like a dog. 

Now all I want to be able to do is teach like my dad. ifr 

David Lindholm writes from Los Angeles, California. 

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When her ancestral homeland becomes endangered, 

an alumna grapples with the meaning of it all. 


On a humid evening last June, 
a crowd of nearly ioo gathered inside a 
chapel of the Holy Angels Convent in the 
Upper Ninth Ward of New Orleans, equidistant 
from the bustling restaurant and music scene of the 
French Quarter and the Industrial Canal levee breach that 
devastated the Lower Ninth during Hurricane Katrina. People 
took their seats quietly, and the bereft tone of the congrega¬ 
tion made one wonder if a coffin rather than a digital projector 
should have been placed at the foot of the altar. Kerry St. Pe, a 
local marine biologist who has headed Louisiana’s oil spill re¬ 
sponse team for 23 years, stooped over a laptop and attempted 
to break down how the largest offshore oil disaster might alter 
the place he has devoted his whole life to trying to protect. 

Gray haired and slender, St. Pe is accustomed to dealing 
with disaster. In 2005, his hometown of Port Sulphur in 
Plaquemines Parish was nearly wiped off the map by Hur¬ 
ricanes Katrina and Rita. After surveying Katrina’s damage, 
he called his brother. “The good news first: remember how 
we used to have a house on our lot? Now we have three. The 
bad news is none of them are ours.” Floodwaters had carried 
his home a quarter mile down the road. As director of the 
Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program, St. Pe now 
spearheads efforts to restore the imperiled wetlands system 
directly south of New Orleans, which is experiencing one of 
the fastest rates of land loss in the world. His genteel Southern 
demeanor downplays the gravity of his work, but his slow, 
measured voice hints at his underlying weariness. 

As soon as St. Pe finished showing his last slide, the audience 
at Holy Angels started peppering him with questions about the 
massive quantities of chemical dispersants that BP was heaping 
into the Gulf of Mexico. “Why should we entrust our waters 
to them?” a mother with two kids sitting in the pew beside her 
asked rhetorically. “Sure the EPA says it’s safe, but what if BP’s 
dispersants are still wrecking our fisheries 10, 20 years from 

Heads nodded in agreement. From activists in paint-stained 
clothes spending their post-college years rebuilding the city’s 
housing stock to professionals in their 50s and 60s dressed in 
crisp work attire, the group challenged and prodded St. Pe 
in a genial but earnest manner. The urban dwellers, who had 
come to the grassroots-organized session to learn about the spill 
without corporate spin, found cathartic solidarity. Despite daily 
full-page ads in every major newspaper asserting the company’s 
promise to “make it right” and TV spots featuring former BP 

By Emily Peterson 'o8 
Photographs by Bridget Besaw 
Illustrations by Hadley Hooper 

CEO Tony Hayward pledging to “stay until the job is done,” 
community members could not vanquish their dread. 

From where we sat, reaching the Deepwater Horizon rig 
blowout would have involved a two-hour drive by car and 
50-mile boat ride across the choppy Gulf. Yet for local resi¬ 
dents, it was as if the heavy ribbons of sweet crude were snaking 
down the city’s tree-lined avenues and blackened pelicans were 
washing up in neighborhood alleyways. It was not just the fact 
that staples of the local diet—oysters, shrimp, crabs, trout, and 
redfish—were in short supply or unavailable that unnerved so 
many. It was the fresh reminder that the people who call this 
terraqueous landscape home live on a narrow edge between 
beauty and tragedy, recovery and ruin. A toxic cocktail of 
corporate greed, lax government oversight, and fossil-fuel 
addiction had sent this delicate balance careening to a new 

Framed by a state of permanent catastrophe—between 
ongoing systemic land loss, destruction from storms such as 
Katrina, and the recent Deepwater Horizon oil spill—some 
suggest that Louisiana is the place where the hardest lessons are 
being manifested on the stewardship of natural resources and 
the resilience of local communities to fight for their survival. 

For the past five years, I watched my hometown of New 
Orleans stitch itself back together after Hurricane Katrina, in 
the darkest times of which it was not entirely clear whether 
the city could mend the wounds on its physical landscape and 
human geography. The deeper I dug into the city’s recovery 
efforts—from gutting flooded homes with fellow Middlebury 
students and attending vigorous community rebuilding meet¬ 
ings in Katrina’s wake to spending a year after graduation to 
help restore homes in the most storm-ravaged neighborhoods— 
the more it became apparent that the city’s fate would be deter¬ 
mined not just by local residents and volunteers from across 
the country, but by a delta rapidly succumbing to the sea. 

The story, geologically, begins with the Mississippi 
River, which over a period of 7,500 years created the entire 
southern half of Louisiana by depositing enormous amounts 
of land-building sediments from its vast watershed. It’s easy to 
forget that south Louisiana rests not upon bedrock but upon 
layers of rich organic matter tunneled to the river’s terminus 
from nearly half the country—the region is literally built on 
dirt on permanent loan from Indiana, Illinois, South Dakota, 

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and even Canada. The process formed a rich wetlands system of 
7,000 square miles that gave birth to one of the most abundant 
fisheries in the world, the nation’s second-largest fly way for 
migratory birds, and the city of New Orleans, settled for its 
strategic proximity to the Gulf of Mexico. 

Long before the Deepwater Horizon blowout threatened 
the intricate network of coastal communities and fisheries of 
south Louisiana, the knife of human influence had already 
severed much of the Mississippi River Delta. In the span of 
only 75 years, human actions managed to wash away one-third 
of the state’s coast—an area the size of Delaware, about 2,300 
square miles—since the 1930s. The causes are well known. To 
facilitate national flood control and navigation, the Army Corps 
of Engineers constructed the longest system of levees ever con¬ 
ceived, essentially confining the river to a straitjacket and starv¬ 
ing the marshes of regular sediment replenishment. The oil and 
gas industry deepened the cut by carving 10,000 miles of canals 
to lay pipelines throughout the mineral-rich delta. 

The impacts are easy to see from the air. In 2008, I flew in 
a four-passenger Cessna 177 over the tattered lacework, which, 
up until 50 years ago, was a thriving system of cypress hard¬ 
wood forests, marshland, natural ridges, and barrier islands that 
provided about 80 miles of reliable storm defense between New 
Orleans and the wrath of the Gulf of Mexico. The waterscape is 
dominated by nearly 4,000 active oil and gas platforms, a com¬ 
plex sometimes referred to as a constellation for the way it lights 
up the night sky and provides a navigational aid for supply-boat 
captains servicing the rigs. Under the plane’s wings, man-made 
canals for the oil and gas industry dart in every direction. Other 
channels have since eroded into lakes, enveloping holding tanks 
and various oil industry structures once built on solid land and 
now slipping into the sea. Thousands of dead cypress trees, 
killed by saltwater intrusion, protrude from the water’s surface 
like toothpicks. 

First sliced by humans, then diminished by the natural 
forces of hurricanes and subsidence, and recently tarnished 
by oil, the formerly bright green marshland now bears closer 
resemblance to a watery skeleton. 

Most urban New Orleanians have always viewed 
THEMSELVES^ as disconnected from the rural coastal populations 
beyond their backyard, even going so far as to perceive the 
wetlands as'a sacrificial wasteland, thanks to the outlook per¬ 
petuated by industry. Yet few factors unify like shared trauma, 
■and in the aftermath of Katrina, city residents awakened to the 
fact that their survival hinged on the vitality of a shrinking 
coast. As I watched the Army Corps of Engineers hastily work 
to fortress New Orleans behind a system of colossal floodgates 
and levee walls up to 26 feet high, a project on the scale of 
$15 billion, I tried to imagine the natural defenses of the delta 
before its precipitous collapse. There was no better place to 
start than with my grandfather, who piloted perhaps more 
ships—bulk freighters, container ships, tankers, and passenger 
liners from all over the world—than any other captain into and 

out of the mouth of the Mississippi River. Holding a tront-row 
seat watching the wetlands’ slow-motion demise, he provided 
perspective on what could be lost. 

At only six years old, my grandfather took his first solo 
voyage aboard a United Fruit Company ship to the village of 
Pilottown, an island outpost before the river empties into the 
Gulf of Mexico, where the carrier reversed course and returned 
to the city loaded with crates of bananas from Latin American 
plantations. The maze of shifting sandbars and powerful cur¬ 
rents that define the lower river, among the most treacherous 
stretch in the whole 2,340-mile course of the waterway, imme¬ 
diately captured him. He stayed at a West Indies-style cypress 
stationhouse with his father and other bar pilots who served as 
gatekeepers to the Mississippi, safely guiding oceangoing vessels 
in the river channel. As he remembers it, the surrounding 
natural ridges and wetlands provided nearly everything they 
needed. There were crabs, shrimp, oysters, and speckled trout, 
as well as fruit trees that he planted at the stationhouse with his 
father: figs, plums, oranges, grapevines. “You could live off the 
marsh,” he told me. “All you needed was a little flour to make 
bread—everything else came from the water.” 

Originally settled around i860, Pilottown served as a base 
for hardy families of fishers, farmers, and trappers, as well as 
two pilot associations guiding ships up and down the Mississippi 
River. Due to high river tides, houses on the bustling outpost 
were built on piers and connected by a wooden plank road. At 
its peak in the 1950s, the island included about 200 residents, a 
small schoolhouse, post office, two saloons, and a general store. 
This relatively obscure place became a nexus for domestic and 
international trade, as pilots ferried commodities—including 
more than 50 percent of the national grain exports—to and 
from the country’s heartland via the port system between New 
Orleans and Baton Rouge, which handles more tonnage than 
any other port complex in the world. 

Like the other pilots, my grandfather knew the landscape 
surrounding Pilottown like the back of his hand—every tangle 
in the marshland, curve in the river, and blinking light along 
the channel. His job depended on it: the pilots navigate massive 
deep-draft ships all hours of the day, 365 days of the year, in 
even the worst of conditions—heavy fog, high seas, and hurri¬ 
cane-force winds. 

When the marsh started to disappear, the pilots took notice. 
“If you saw the land around Pilottown when I started in the 
’30s, and what it is now—it’s absolutely scary,” my grandfather 
told me. The same areas where he used to pick blackberries, my 
brother Henry, who became a river pilot this summer, now 
knows as fishing holes. As soon as the oil companies developed 
technology to drill in water starting in the late 1930s, they 
started excavating access canals, laying pipelines, and hauling 
their barges, submersible drilling rigs, and workboats through 
the wetlands. My grandfather outlined the ensuing process. 
“After the companies cut the canals, the saltwater from the Gulf 
intruded inland and killed the marsh grass. Once you kill the 
grass, there’s nothing to hold the mud. Next thing you know, 
there’s no land—it’s gone.” 

On a winter day in 2008, I visited Pilottown with Henry 

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as a curtain of thick fog blanketed the river channel. Unable 
to even detect the bow of our 55-foot boat, I developed a 
quick appreciation for Henry’s steep local knowledge and our 
on-board radar system, which kept us from colliding with ships 
as long as three football fields and weighing as much as 150,000 
tons. Despite their vast size, the vessels remained out of physical 
sight as the fog shrouded our windshield with an impenetrable 
white sheet. When we approached the dock at Pilottown, the 
place was unrecognizable from the scene my grandfather had 
described. Twisted wooden pilings that once supported homes 
now lay bare. The vegetable gardens and fruit trees had long 
been consumed by salt marsh. Made vulnerable to erosion and 
hurricanes over the years, the village had been reduced to a 
sliver of soggy ground, and nearly all residents had since moved 
away. Hurricane Katrina dealt the final blow. The storm’s eye 
passed nearby, wrecking the pilot’s stationhouse, and with it, a 
century and a half of history for the pilots. In 2006, the associa¬ 
tion decided to establish a sturdier headquarters about 10 miles 
upriver in Venice, transitioning into a structure raised 28 feet in 
the air on concrete pilings and designed to withstand hurricane 
winds of 198 mph. 

The fact that idyllic villages like Pilottown have 
all but disappeared is hardly an issue of lost memories and an 
extinct way of life. Prior to the April 20 Deepwater Horizon 
oil disaster, a team of ecological economists and coastal 
scientists completed the first-ever study that endeavored to 
place a price tag on the Mississippi River Delta as a capital asset. 
Their work revealed that the delta provides up to $1.3 trillion in 
natural system goods and services, from hurricane protection to 
fisheries, recreation, clean water, and a host of other benefits. 

“These huge numbers show that the BP oil spill, hurricanes, 
and continued wetland degradation threaten not only the Gulf 
regional economy, but the national economy,” said report 
co-author David Batker, one of the world’s foremost ecological 
economists and executive director of Earth Economics, which 
issued the paper. 

In spite of its unknown long-term damages, some argue that 
the BP spill has paved the way for a sweeping national commit¬ 
ment to restore the ravaged Louisiana coast. “The spill has reset 
the benchmark on what needs to be done,” Dr. Joseph Suhayda, 
a civil engineer who has worked on coastal restoration issues for 
three decades, told me from his home in Baton Rouge. 

Financing and engineering technicalities aside, all experts 
with whom I spoke agreed on the same point: time is running 
out. “People think we have 20, 30, 40 years left to save the 
coast. They’re not even close,” Kerry St. Pe told me. “We have 
about 5—10 years to start creating more land than we’re losing, 
otherwise we’ll be moving communities.” 

Nearly threr'hours have passed, and the crowd at Holy 
Angels Convent is still firing questions about the long-term 
impacts of the oil spill. A mental health worker stands up and 
explains that after spending five years reconstructing storm- 
damaged physical infrastructure, local residents need to brace 
for “psychological rebuilding” in the BP era. Those directly 
on the coast, of course, will be hit the hardest: more than 6,000 
commercial fishermen, 4,300 vessel owners, 1,200 oyster lease¬ 
holders, 420 charter captains. 

Working groups are already forming between grassroots 
groups in Louisiana and Cordova, Alaska, to share lessons 
learned from the Exxon Valdez spill 21 years ago. The Alaskans 
do not bury the despondent details. Don’t be surprised, they tell 
their southern counterparts, if nice families are broken apart 
and businesses are lost. Even after BP’s claim that the well has 
been capped and the oil cleaned up, rates of alcoholism, depres¬ 
sion, and domestic abuse may continue to rise. The herring 
industry has never recovered in Prince William Sound, and 
oyster beds in the Gulf may follow suit. 

Kerry St. Pe, who traces his ancestors in the south Louisiana 
bayous back to 1760, shakes his head. “Our culture is ground¬ 
ed in our love of the place, but the problem is, this place is 

A native of south Louisiana, Emily Peterson ’08 was a 
Middlebury Fellow in Environmental Journalism in 
2007-08 and graduated from Middlebur)' magna 
cum laude until a BA in environmental studies and 
nonfiction uniting. She currently works for Oceana, 
an organization that advocates for the stewardship 
of marine resources. 

Between oil-stained marshes, poisoned pelicans, thousands 
of out-of-work fishermen, and ruined coastal economies, there 
was graphic context for action. “We’ve been going to meetings 
and making plans locally for over 20 years to shore up the coast, 
but the issue is finally on the agenda of someone in the White 
House,” Suhayda said. “Let’s hope they act on it.” 

Even with the region’s entrenched environmental troubles, 
engineering solutions have long existed to rebuild the landscape 
of southern Louisiana—though scientists emphasize that the 
state’s future map cannot be anchored to the past. “The notion 
of restoring the coast to its former state is not feasible,” Dr. 
Suhayda explained to me. “We won’t recreate the wetlands 
of the 193 os—there’s not enough mud, money, or time.” 

Most restoration plans call for saving geographically 
targeted areas through a variety of structural and nonstructural 
measures to rebuild wetlands, including reengineering the lower 
Mississippi River to increase the use of beneficial land-building 
sediments—a project that many coastal scientists point out 
would be the largest public works project in the country’s history. 




Conor Shapiro's life as a community organizer and hospital 
administrator in rural Haiti had always been a challenge. 
And then the earthquake struck. 

By Deborah Sontag 
Photography by Terry Sebastian 

L ate on the afternoon of January 12, 2010, 
Conor Shapiro ’03, the 28-year-old director general 
of the St. Boniface Haiti Foundation, sat in his office 
on the second floor of a 60-bed hospital in a remote 
Haitian town with one streetlamp. He was speaking 
by telephone to his mother in Massachusetts when 
the earth quaked. 

The phone went dead, oxygen tanks toppled, medical records 
flew. Conor Shapiro, a compact man with an athletic solidity, 
braced himself as his world rocked violently and then eerily, 
deceivingly, steadied. 

Nothing would be the same again—for Hairi, for St. Boniface, 
or for Shapiro. But at that moment, in the southwestern mountain 
town of Fond des Blancs, the upheaval did not feel lasting. Soon 
after the shaking stopped, Ellen Boldon, a nutritionist, was able to 
access the Internet. “It’s unbelievable!” she cried. “There has been 
a 7.0 earthquake in Port-au-Prince.” 

Shapiro’s Haitian wife had been staying in the country’s 
capital city with their six-year-old adopted daughter. His heart in 
his throat, Shapiro gathered three men whose families also lived 
in Port-au-Prince, and they drove toward the epicenter of the 
disaster. Along the rutted dirt road leading to the highway, people 
were sprinting down hills, waving their amis, terrified of what 
would come next. 

Thirty-six hours later, after the rockslides had stopped 

and the highway was finally navigable, Shapiro arrived at the 
nightmarish scene whose images were flashing around the world. 
He saw a familiar landscape turned hellish, with roads buckled, 
neighborhoods flattened, and corpses strewn in the streets. 

Thankfully, Shapiro’s wife and daughter were safe, huddled 
in a backyard with relatives. Within days, he had secured seats for 
them on a medical charter plane returning to the United States. 
They fled to his country; he stayed in theirs, his work—providing 
health care to Haiti’s poor—was suddenly more urgent than ever. 

“I’m divided,” Shapiro said early one Sunday morning in 
March, sitting on a terrace at the St. Boniface Hospital, with badly 
injured earthquake victims filling a ward beneath him. “My wife, 
daughter, mother-in-law, brother-in-law, and nephew have set 
up our own little refugee camp in the Boston area. And I’m here.” 

Shapiro described his personal mobilization after the 
earthquake as a kind of humanitarian call to amis. “You feel like 
you’re at war almost,” he said. “All I know is that I feel very 
attached to this place, and I’m not going to leave it.” 

Eventually he would reconsider. 

Conor Shapiro fell in love with Haiti during his 
sophomore year at Middlebury College. He was enrolled in a 
January term class about issues in sports, but the professor allowed 
him the detour that turned into his life path. 

40 Middlebury Magazine 

Shapiro traveled with his father Eric and a group from Our 
Lady Help of Christians Parish, in West Concord, Massachusetts. 
The itinerary began at Mother Teresa’s home for children, where, 
Shapiro said, “If you didn’t cry your eyes out there, there was no 
hope for you,” and it continued on to Fond des Blancs, where the 
Massachusetts-based St. Boniface Foundation provides health care 
to the rural area. 

As the teenage son of an investment analyst and a lawyer, 
Shapiro was stunned to discover that he could relate to the 
Haitians he met in the hardscrabble backcountry. They were 
eking out a living from harvest to harvest, risking death during 
childbirth, losing parents and children to AIDS because the world 
had not yet seen fit to provide them with lifesaving medications. 
He was a jock—soccer and lacrosse—whose biggest worry was 
which courses to take in the spring. 

But as Shapiro recalled on that terrace in Fond des Blancs, his 
first visit to Haiti allowed him to discover what the Haitians already 
knew—citing a Creole proverb that struck him as the distillation of 
an essential truth: Tout moun se moun (All people are people). 

He returned to Vermont bubbling with enthusiasm about a 
chicken project with a FEaitian peasant cooperative. “My friends 
thought I was crazy,” Shapiro said, raising his voice to be heard 
above the crowing roosters, braying donkeys, and whooshing 
wind. “But I just kind of immediately knew that I wanted to 
spend the rest of my life helping the poor in Haiti.” 

Nannette M. Canniff, president of St. Boniface, recalled that 
she had a feeling then she would hear from young Conor again. 
“But I had no idea that it would be to the extent that it has been,” 
she said. 

Nine years after that first trip, Shapiro was so deeply settled 
into Fond des Blancs that many there no longer considered him 
a blan, a foreigner. Recently married to a local woman and newly 
named director general of St. Boniface in Haiti, he spoke Creole 
fluidly, instinctively, and lived, like almost everybody else, in a 
house without electricity; although, at night, he read his Kindle by 
kerosene lamp. Then the earthquake shook everything up. 

at a field hospital near the Port-au-Prince airport to pick up a 
neurosurgeon who had volunteered to make the arduous 150- 
mile round trip between the Haitian capital and Fond des Blancs 
in one day. 

In Fond des Blancs, Maxo Provance was waiting for help 
that the rural hospital could not provide. His earthquake-related 
injuries had left him with paraplegia; he was experiencing what 
appeared to be a leakage of spinal fluid, and the hospital had no 

Dr. John Grant, a tall, broad-shouldered visiting doctor from 
the University of Kansas, climbed into Shapiro’s four-wheel-drive 

Fall 2010 41 

vehicle; he was wearing scrubs. Shapiro himself was dressed like a 
missionary, in a short-sleeved, button-down shirt, neat jeans and 
sturdy shoes. (Back in Massachusetts, his teenage brother Guy had 
recently eyeballed him, sighing, and said, “You know, Conor, 
you really need to get some style.”) 

On the slow, bumpy ride into the countryside, Shapiro spoke 
about how thousands of refugees from the disaster zone had 
flooded into Fond des Blancs, overwhelming an area where people 
already lived hand-to-mouth. By devastating the nerve center of 
Haiti, the earthquake had forced an exodus to the countryside 
that reversed decades of migration to the Port-au-Prince area. But 
the rural areas had been neglected for so long that they had little 
capacity to absorb the newcomers. 

“The misery of the countryside is compounding the effects 
of the earthquake,” Shapiro said that day, although the relative 
tranquillity of rural Haiti offered a welcome contrast to Port-au- 
Prince, where the stench of death still pervaded the rubble-filled 

In Fond des Blancs, St. Boniface has long been providing 
services that the Haitian government does not. It is impressive 
to contemplate. Started by a parish in a public housing project in 
Quincy, Massachusetts, the organization has been run for 24 years 
from the home of its cofounder, Nannette Canniff, mother of 10. 
And yet St. Boniface, in developing a hospital, satellite clinics, and 
a roving outreach program, has become the only source of health 
care for some 250,000 rural Haitians. 

42 Middlebury Magazine 

St. Boniface also keeps the largest school in Fond des Blancs 
afloat, supports hundreds of students with scholarships, and 
cosponsors economic-development initiatives with peasant 
cooperatives. (One such initiative involves the purchase of 
“expensive Dominican studs,” in Shapiro’s words, with which to 
crossbreed the local goat population.) 

Having emerged from the earthquake intact, St. Boniface 
found itself thrust into an additional role, as did other provincial 
health centers. Almost overnight, it became a rehabilitation 
hospital, although it did not have specialists or specialized 
equipment. Before the disaster, it did not even have an X-ray 

Still, the most seriously injured survivors of the earthquake, 
those with traumatic brain or spinal cord injuries, needed a place 
to recover. The USNS Comfort, a hospital ship that had helped to 
save their lives, was pulling up anchor and needed somewhere to 
transfer these patients. 

“No one really wanted to take them,” Shapiro said. “Most of 
the other hospitals said no because these people will need care for 
their whole lives. I wrote to our board. I said, ‘It seems only right 
that we take them in. That’s why we’re here.’” 

Provance, 39, was the first such patient to arrive, lowered from 
a helicopter to a field in Fond des Blancs. He would be joined by 
14 other spinal-cord patients and their families, who set up camp 
in the hospital’s open-air waiting room and received a stipend and 
three meals a day from St. Boniface. 

St. Boniface itself could not have been more different from the 
sweltering, fly-swarmed hospital tents in the congested, chaotic 
capital. St. Boniface had peach-colored walls, gleaming tiled floors, 
and louvered windows that circulated mountain breezes. It had a 
large-screen television, recently donated, and movie nights. 

“If you have to live in a hospital, it’s a nice home,” Mylvoix 
Duteste said. The police officer had been making a court 
appearance in a child-kidnapping case when the earthquake 
demolished the capital’s Palace of Justice. Duteste was trapped 
for horn's under concrete. His initial prognosis was dismal: a 90 
percent chance of total paralysis. But by March, he was wiggling 
his toes. 

“See, I’m going to walk again; I have to walk,” he said, as his 
wife massaged his legs. “All things considered, I’m doing great.” 

But on that March day, his ward mate, Provance, was 
suffering. Dr. Grant finally arrived at St. Boniface, after nearly a 
four-hour car ride that included fording a river that often swells 
with rainwater and becomes impassable. He went straight into 
surgery to tend to Provance. 

Shapiro, meanwhile, walked through the hospital, warmly 
bantering with the staff and patients. He exchanged riddles, part of 
a running game called Krik Krak, with Ismerline Rene, a 12-year- 
old earthquake survivor. Ismerline had suffered bad fractures of 
the leg and eye socket, and wore a metal scaffolding called an 
external fixator on her leg. 

Shapiro leaned over her walker to talk with her. “Are you 
starting to get up on this thing?” he asked. “PH,” she whispered 
in Creole. “Yes.” He asked if he could see. “Wi,” she said, 
pulling herself up and taking a few hesitant steps, her oversized 
lavender blazer flapping around her thin frame. “Your jacket is 
pretty,” Shapiro said, and Ismerline smiled down at her feet. She 
placed her hand self-consciously over the large white bandage on 
her face. 

In addition to operating 
the only hospital in Fond 
des Blancs, St. Boniface 
also runs satellite health 
clinics in the countryside, 
supports the region's 
largest school, and 
cosponsors economic 
development initiatives. 

In a small nursery, twin girls, bom prematurely, were being 
warmed by a heat lamp because the hospital had no incubator. 
(Shapiro would later persuade UNICEF to give him one.) The 
babies’ mother had left three days earlier to take care of her other 
children. “Are you afraid she won’t come back?” Shapiro asked 
the nurse. He suggested sending an outreach worker to check; 
some patients live so far away that it takes them days by foot or 
donkey to reach the hospital. 

“So we’re still doing what we used to do, deliveries and so 
on, as we move into this new dimension that the earthquake 
has brought us,” Shapiro said, entering the ward with the spinal- 
cord and brain-injury patients. At that moment, Provance was 
transported out of surgery and placed back on his bed, with the 
aid of a newly donated hoist. 

1 )r. Grant reported that the area surrounding Provance’s spine 
had become infected. “It was low-grade, but we don’t want the 
CSF to get infected,” he said, referring to the cerebrospinal fluid. 
“Then he could get meningitis, and that could kill him.” Dr. Grant 
said he had “opened him up and cleaned out” the infected tissue, 
and now he was ready to return to Port-au-Prince. 

“Kid runs a hell of a facility,” the doctor said of Shapiro as he 
climbed back into the SUV. 

During Shapiro’s senior year at Middlebury, Dr. Paul 
Fanner, a founder of Partners in Health, the international health¬ 
care organization that began in Haiti, came to Middlebury as a guest 
lecturer. That was shortly before Tracy Kidder’s book, Mountains 
Beyond Mountains, made Fanner “a rock star,” in Shapiro’s words. 
The lecture was sparsely attended, affording Shapiro the opportunity 
to meet with Farmer afterward. The physician, whose devotion to 
the rural poor in Haiti has clearly infonned and inspired Shapiro, 
encouraged him that day to follow his heart back to Haiti. 

Since the earthquake, 
though, an influx of 
urban refugees has 
taxed an already 
stretched outreach effort. 

After graduating from Middlebury with a degree in history, 
Shapiro moved to Fond des Blancs to live in the church rectory 
and teach English under a blazingly hot tin roof at the parish 
school. Although Shapiro had avoided studying languages because 
he did not feel he had an ear for them, his immersion in town 
life and his strong desire to connect gave him fluency in Haitian 
Creole. Shapiro learned the local language “faster than anybody I 
know,” Canniffsaid. “A month after he arrived, I was shocked to 
hear him laughing and joking with the young men of the town.” 

Shapiro worked as a translator for visiting doctors and started 
to meet people wasting away from AIDS. Inevitably, Shapiro grew 
close to several patients who lost their lives. At that point, Haitians 
referred to HIV/AIDS as a “green light to the graveyard” because 
the antiretroviral therapies that allowed people in the developed 
world to live with the virus were still considered too expensive to 
provide extensively in impoverished countries. 

A couple of years into his life in Haiti, Shapiro hiked into an 
isolated area to find one man, Jean Marc, who had missed several 
medical appointments. Shapiro found him near death. Along with 
the man’s neighbors, Shapiro fashioned a makeshift stretcher and 
carried Jean Marc over the mountains to the hospital. He died the 
next day, leaving behind a young daughter, already motherless. 
According to Shapiro, she was one of too many children to lose 
their parents—not only to AIDS but to other treatable illnesses 
as well. 

Sometimes, as they lay dying, parents would ask Shapiro to 
make sure their children had a future. Once, this difficult request 
involved a boy named Guillo who had especially impressed 
Shapiro with his devotion to his ailing mother. “He was nine 
years old and always coming to the hospital to get help for her,” 
Shapiro said, declining to identify her illness out of respect for the 
boy’s privacy. “Before she passed, she asked if I would take him 
in. I said, ‘You know, I’m not old enough to do this.’ I was 22 
at the time, and I mentioned the story to my mother. She said, 
‘Well, we’ll take him.’ I said, “Mom, he’s from Haiti. He doesn’t 
speak the language. He hasn’t been to school. Are you sure?”’ She 
was sure. 

Guillo spent two years living with Shapiro in Fond des Blancs 
as the adoption process ran its bureaucratic course. Now, using 
the Americanized name Guy, he attends Shapiro’s old high school 
in Concord and has officially become his little brother—and style 
critic. (Shapiro’s adopted daughter, Lisa, became part of his life in 
a similar way.) 

It was a logical step for Shapiro to take over St. Boniface’s 
AIDS program after teaching at the parish school. Like many in 
the international public-health field, he saw Partners In Health’s 
flagship project in Haiti as a model—it had been supplying 
antiretroviral drugs to poor Haitians, with community-health 
workers supervising home-based therapy. Dr. Farmer invited 
him to visit, and then he, Fanner, and representatives of Catholic 
Relief Services “fought to get those drugs out here in the middle 
of nowhere.” St. Boniface began dispensing lifesaving medications 
to hundreds in its area. 

“People at death’s door bounced back,” Shapiro said. 

In the summer of 2006, he met his wife, Elisabeth Lorthe, a 
university student who was spending her vacation with her family 

in Fond des Blancs. “I knew she was the one from early on,” he 
said. When she returned to school in Port-au-Prince, Shapiro 
would hike up a hill outside town every couple of days in order to 
get a cell-phone signal to talk with her. 

Shapiro believed he needed professional training to continue 
his work with St. Boniface. He enrolled in Boston University’s 
master program in public health, with a focus on international 
health. On school breaks, he returned to Haiti, and his relationship 
with Lorthe grew. When Shapiro decided to propose, he was 
en route to Haiti from an AIDS conference in Africa. His sister 
bought the ring for him in Washington, D.C., and sent it to 
Boston, where his brother picked it up on his way to a baseball 
game at Yankee Stadium and met Shapiro at JFK Airport during 
a change of planes. 

The wedding celebration, at the newest hotel in the hills above 
Port-au-Prince, was a fusion of Fond des Blancs, Middlebury, and 
points in between. 

Shapiro’s wife settled in Port-au-Prince so that their newly 
adopted daughter could attend an American school. Taking the 
reins of St. Boniface in Haiti, in December, Shapiro planned 
to commute to see them on weekends—until the earthquake 
disrupted everything. 

Over the eight months that followed, Shapiro did end up 
traveling back and forth to Port-au-Prince, but it was to meet 
with the many international organizations that had expanded 
their operations there. “He was not the least bit afraid of speaking 
up for the rural poor and their needs to anybody, and I mean 
anybody—the World Food Program, the papal nuncio, Bill 
Clinton,” Canniff said. 

By focusing attention on Haiti, the earthquake became 
an opportunity for nonprofit organizations like St. Boniface to 
raise a substantial amount of money and improve their services. 
St. Boniface is now slated to host Haiti’s first national spinal cord 
rehabilitation center, a $1.3 million project to be built over the 
next few years. 

Shapiro said that he found it gratifying to feel that the world 
cared about Haiti, at least for a while. Over the last seven years, he 
said, he has often thought that people considered him “nuts” to 
live and work there. After the disaster, his personal commitment 
was briefly aligned with a sentiment felt far more broadly. 

It is ironic, then, that the earthquake has forced a personal 
change that Shapiro would not have anticipated. After a difficult 
period of separation, he was leaving Haiti in September to join 
his wife and children, a second daughter was bom in July, in the 
United States. “I owe it to my kids to make sure they’re safe and 
able to go to good schools,” he said, and Port-au-Prince is not the 
best place right now for children who have other options. 

Shapiro will continue to oversee St. Boniface, transitioning 
into Canniffs Massachusetts-based executive position when she 
retires. But for the foreseeable future, even if his head and his heart 
do not make the move, he will straddle his two worlds with his 
feet planted, mostly, in America. ^ 

Deborah Sontag is a writer for the New York Times. Since the 
earthquake in January , she has made numerous trips to Haiti , covering 
the disaster and its aftermath. 

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With her company, Kiba 
Kiba Books, Jessica Riley 
turns children's dreams 
and visions into colorful 
art books. Photograph 
by Emma Dodge Hanson 


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Child's Play 

Jessica Riley '98 binds together children, art, and a good cause with Kiba Kiba Books. 

By Sarah Tuff 95 


the artists 
work at Middlebury’s 
Mahaney Center for the Arts, 
the most electrifying stuff here 
on a recent afternoon isn’t 
hung on the walls, tinkling 
from the pianos, or even 
gleaming from Robert Indi¬ 
ana’s LOVE sculpture outside. 
It’s a collection of paperback 
books strewn across a coffee 
table in the lounge. 

But these are no ordinary 
paperbacks. Slim and pop¬ 
ping with color, they beg to 
be picked up and opened—to 
worlds where perfectly imper¬ 
fect sea dragons slither through 
oceans, cosmic creatures spin 
in circles, and impish spirits 
slide down mountains on 
blocks of ice. Small enough 
for small hands and with such 
titles as Fearless Fiji and Silly 
Jack, the books are for children, 
yes. But what makes them 
extraordinary is the fact that 
these volumes are also illus¬ 
trated by children. 

“It’s a new business model 
that I really think the world 
could use,” says Jessica Riley 
’98, the founder and owner of 
Kiba Kiba Books LLC, as she 
glances across her collection of 
publications. “I’m hopeful that 
it does take off' and that people 
get it. It's such a beautiful 
thing when you realize how 

it’s connected and how the 
pieces fit together.” 

Riley never intended to 
be a book publisher. As a kid 
growing up in Saratoga, New 
York, she wanted to be on a 
TV show; later, she wanted to 
be a screenwriter. But from an 
early age, Riley had a knack 
for art. “I think I was four or 
five, and somebody bought 
me a paint set that was intend¬ 
ed for an older kid, with really 
small brushes and really small 
tubes of paint,” she recalls. 
“When my parents were in 
another room, I opened it up 
and painted in a picture that 
came with the set. I remember 
my mom coming back into 
my room in shock because all 
the little spaces were filled in 
perfectly with different colors. 

I remember thinking to myself, 
‘Why am I getting so praised 
for something that was so easy 
for me to do?”’ 

Riley found that she was 
also pretty good at making life 
more joyful for other kids. On 
a youth speed-skating team, 
she was appointed “games co¬ 
ordinator,” whose job it was 
to get everyone else to play 
and have fun. Flash forward 
several years to Riley’s time 
at Middlebury, where, as an 
English and film major, she 
took a “body and earth” dance 
class with Professor Andrea 
Olsen. “She taught me the 
creative process,” says Riley. 
“After I graduated, I said to 

Andrea, ‘Whatever it is you 
taught in the class, that’s what 
I want to do, but I don’t know 
how to get there.’” 

It would be a colorful 
journey. Riley spent two years 
designing handbags in Park 
City, Utah, and four more 
working for PBS. “But people 

With visions of a cleaner, 
healthier Earth, snippets of 
fabric, and the creative minds 
of children, Jessica Riley pub¬ 
lished The Dream of the New 
Earth . 

Photograph by Emma Dodge Hanson 

46 Middlebury Magazine 

my whole life always told me, 
children’s books, children’s 
books,” says Riley, who had, 
in fact, been compiling a list of 
children’s books she wanted to 
do eventually. 

Then, in 2005, while Riley 
was volunteering back in Sara¬ 
toga, she held a workshop for 
local kids, reading them a story 
she’d written about the endan¬ 
gered Kamer blue butterfly. 
The kids illustrated it and the 

result was Blue Blew (now out 
of print). After searching for 
a publisher, Riley decided to 
start her own publishing com¬ 
pany. She called it Kiba Kiba, 
which, in the language of the 
Rapa Nui people of Easter 
Island, means peace. The 
word was one of several Riley 

had stumbled across and writ¬ 
ten down over the years, along 
with the number 72—for 
how many books she’d like to 
publish. Why 72? The number 
just came to her, says Riley. 

The pieces started coming 
together—literally. At another 
workshop, Riley showed up 
with snippets of fabric she had 
cut into various shapes, and 
she read aloud such phrases 
as “I dream trees grow tall 

enough to reach the sky.” The 
children began creating images 
for Riley’s words with the 
fabric, and the result was The 
Dream of the New Earth. “It’s 
amazing,” says Riley. “When 
you give children abstract 
ways to paste and beautiful 
fabric or beautiful materials, 
then it’s really easy to come up 
with a beautiful thing and art.” 

'The Dream of the New Earth 
has now been translated into 
six languages and has been 
followed by five more stories. 
All but one are illustrated by 
kids, ages four to 13, who’ve 
enrolled in one of Riley’s 
weeklong workshops. “It’s so 
cool,” says Riley of witnessing 
the children at work. “You 
have no control over what 
the kids are going to do, and 
it always works out. By the 
end of the week, we’re all like, 

Five of the Kiba Kiba 
books may be purchased with 
their original artwork or as a 
“companion art book,” with 
space for young readers to 

paste, paint, or draw their 
own creations. The exception 
is Kiba Kiba’s newest book, 
OMG! One Million Giraffes , 
which features drawings from 
all ages and from all over the 

But that’s not all. Because 
every Kiba Kiba book has its 
own special vision of cleaner 
water, a healthier Earth, etc.— 
Riley has dedicated a “pod” to 
each project, detailed on the 

Kiba Kiba Web site, whereby 
children can send in artwork 
and songs; teachers can create 
lesson plans; and artists, musi¬ 
cians, and community organiz¬ 
ers can help build grassroots 

Kiba Kiba is preserving the 
magic of the printed page, but 
is also embracing the connec¬ 
tivity of the digital age. In the 
process, this small company 
is making books fluid. Soon, 
The Dm don Frogs will be re¬ 
published with a foreword by 
Chad Urmston ’98 of the band 
State Radio; Riley hopes this 
will help inspire new songs for 
the pod. 

“Together we can change 
the world,” she promises read¬ 
ers on the Web site. And she 
may be right. The nonprofit, cofounded by Gary 
White and Matt Damon, has 
agreed to partner with Kiba 
Kiba to share its Global Water 
Supply Curriculum as part of 
The Dmdon Frogs pod. “Every¬ 
one benefits,” explains Riley 
of her pod concept. “My 

books are being utilized, non¬ 
profits are getting a campaign, 
and the schools and the chil¬ 
dren involved feel good about 
what they’re doing.” 

This is the new business 
model of which Riley speaks. 
And while it may not be the 
most lucrative one—she is 
hardly the first to admit that 
there’s not a lot of money in 
children’s books ( Harry Potter 
excluded)—the fluidity of 
Kiba Kiba books and the flex¬ 
ibility of Riley’s life point to 
the power of possibility. 

Take, for example. The 
Play Spirits’ Playground , one 
of Kiba Kiba’s latest projects, 
whose vision is free play and 
movement in nature. Co¬ 
written by Hedda Bemsten 
’99, Riley calls the book her 
“great work” and “meant to 
be.” The pair wrote the story 
just days before Bemsten won 
an Olympic silver medal in 
Vancouver, where children 
from the St. George’s School 
illustrated the book. Now 
they are focusing on creating 
the Play Spirits concept into 
a TV show and are pitching it 
to various children’s television 

Riley says she gets goose 
bumps when she thinks about 
how The Play Spirits ’ Play¬ 
ground came to be and how 
she came to be not a book 
publisher but a “creative 
project facilitator.” Looking 
around the Middlebury arts 
facility, Riley says she wishes 
Olsen would appear. “I’d be 
like, ‘I did it!”’ says Riley. “I 
came full circle, and I’m doing 
exactly what I wanted to do 
10 years ago. It’s just being in 
the moment, and whatever 
comes next is what I do next. 
In the process you can see the 
greater work.” ^ 

Sarah 'Fuff ’95 is a freelance writer 
in Burlington, Vermont. 

Jessica Riley’s Web site can be 
found at 

Fall 2010 47 






House of Blues 

Coming to grips with loss haunts the characters of our fall books. 

By Elisabeth Crean 

RABLE? Vivid 
characters stay 
with us long 
after plot details fade. Every 
writer must fashion flesh, 
bone, and spirit from words. 
But author truly becomes 
alchemist when he breathes 
life into characters and creates 
people we connect with, ones 
we can’t seem to forget. 

Model Home (Scribner, 
2010), the confidently crafted 
first novel from Eric Puchner 
’93, is an absorbing tale about 
a troubled suburban fam¬ 
ily. Puchner populates his 
fictional universe with an 
extraordinary array of eccen¬ 
tric yet believable individuals. 
The distinctly drawn char¬ 
acters have quirks and foibles 
aplenty. But their strangeness 
engages, rather than alienates, 
the reader. The author uses 
humor and a keen insight 
into human behavior to help 
us understand them from the 

The five members of the 
Ziller family often behave 
strangely. Since their move 
from Wisconsin to tony Palos 
Verdes, California, they seem 
to orbit their home more than 
inhabit it. The separate paths 
of two parents and three kids 
rarely intersect. 

In moving, dad Warren 
wanted to provide them 
all with a better life by 

pursuing a classic version 
of the American dream: go 
West, and make a fortune in 
real estate. By the summer 
of 1985, however, his dream 
has become a nightmare. A 
toxic waste dump is opening 
next to the community of 
affordable homes he has just 
built. He has invested every¬ 
thing in the now worthless 

Warren’s immediate goal 
is to keep his family in the 
dark about their impending 
bankruptcy. It is surprisingly 
easy, with wife Camille and 
the kids distracted by their 
own pursuits and problems. 

Camille, an earnest 
public school health 
educator, struggles to avoid 
controversy while making 
a sex-ed film. Earth to My 
Body: What’s Happening? Son 
Dustin, 17, keeps busy with 
surfing, girl trouble, and his 
garage band, Toxic Shock 
Syndrome. I )aughter Lyle, 

16, makes lists of things she 
hates—CALIFORNIA mer¬ 
its all caps—and secretly dates 
the neighborhood’s security 
guard. Warren borrows Lyle’s 
old Renault when he pretends 
his Chrysler, repossessed by 
the bank, is stolen. Its decor 
reflects her caustic worldview: 
A half-naked Barbie dangled 
from the mirror, twirling 
from a shoelace noosed 
around her neck.” 

Baby brother Jonas, 11, 

less,” even to 

his own father. He dresses 
head to toe in orange and 
obsesses over news of a local 
girl who has disappeared. “I 
was thinking whether it was 
worse to be eaten by sharks 
or to get picked apart by 
vultures,” he announces one 

afternoon at the beach. 

The kids do vaguely no¬ 
tice that “something weird’s 
going on with Dad.” By the 
time the Zillers go on their 
annual camping trip to Joshua 
Tree, they’ve all had such 
a stressful summer that the 

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Photographs by Tad 


need to confess erupts around 
the campfire. Warren begins 
to unburden himself, and 
“he couldn’t stop. It was like 
sledding down a hill.” The 
truth, however dire, brings 
them closer than they’ve been 
in years. But when the Zillers 
return home, a terrible acci¬ 
dent proves far more devastat¬ 
ing than financial ruin. 

Model Home doesn’t have 
a magic happy ending. The 
bad things that have befallen 
the family can’t be undone. 
Because Puchner’s characters 
see the absurdity and irony 
around them, however, their 
wry observations keep trag¬ 
edy from eclipsing the novel’s 
plucky tone. For example, 
Warren has to recite cheesy 
maxims while training as a 
door-to-door knife salesman, 
the only job he can find after 
his real estate venture col¬ 
lapses. He wonders “if losing 
your last shred of dignity in 
a place where no one was 
capable of perceiving its 
demise was like a tree falling 
in a forest.” 

Puchner paints the Zillers 
as survivors. They don’t 
escape unscathed, but they 
maintain enough wit and per¬ 
spective to hang on. And they 
gain a little more understand¬ 
ing and forgiveness—for each 
other, and for themselves. 

Shakespeare knew four 
centuries ago that “everyone 
can master a grief but he that 
has it.” In the Bard’s time, 
childbirth often imperiled 
a woman’s life, something 
mercifully uncommon in 
modern America. Losing 
Charlotte (Knopf, 2010), the 
debut novel from Heather 
Clay ’93, brilliantly captures a 
family’s anguish when a new 
mother dies from a rare com¬ 
plication shortly after having 
twins. Husband, parents, 

siblings—each processes grief 
in idiosyncratic, unpredict¬ 
able ways. “No one’s normal,” 
admits Robbie a few weeks 
after his sister’s death. 

Losing the vibrant, 
quirky Charlotte launches 
the moving, well-told story. 
However the death itself 
doesn’t take place until 
almost halfway through 
the novel, and the first 
100-plus pages contain 
many detours and digres¬ 
sions. Lengthy anecdotes 
from the sisters’ Kentucky 
childhood and the young 
couple’s New York City 
courtship and marriage 
greatly slow the initial 
storytelling and risk losing 
readers before they reach 
the ultimately compelling 
tale that follows. 

Clay focuses heavily on 
the relationship between 
Charlotte and her younger 
sister, Knox, documenting 

how the sisters were opposites, 
in personality and behavior, 
as they grew up together on 
their parents’ horse farm. But 
chunky paragraphs of descrip¬ 
tion and analysis interrupt the 
narrative flow. 

The story springs to life, 
however, with Charlotte’s 
shocking death. Clay’s writ¬ 
ing gains pace and poignancy 
as her characters reveal them¬ 
selves through action—or 
inaction. Knox and Robbie 
numb themselves watching 
mindless reality TV programs 

they “can’t quite understand 
the purpose of.” Their 
father rarely leaves his room, 
“staying] in bed for most of 
the time ... a prone shape in 
the half dark.” 

Charlotte’s widower 
Bruce, who has instantly 
become the single father of 
two boys, has no choice but 
to take action. In the hospital, 
he does briefly consider that 
“his previously unlimited 
choices had narrowed to two: 
either he could force one of 
the nonoperating windows 
here open and let himself fall 
through space toward the 
barges on the silent, beautiful 
river, or go through the rest 
of life this way.” 

Clay’s matter-of-fact, af¬ 
fecting chronicle of Bruce’s 
predicament quickly gives 
the novel page-turning mo¬ 
mentum. In the Manhattan 
neonatal intensive care unit, 
Bruce Finds himself “an 

emissary from the VIP sec¬ 
tion of the obstetrics wing, 
closed off to the plebes with 
a velvet rope fashioned out of 
everybody’s worst nightmare.” 
He gains an unexpected 
ally in Knox. She has Firmly 
declared herself “not a baby 
person,” yet arrives to help 
him care for the twins when 
they are released from the 

Bruce and Knox hardly 
know each other—the sisters 
were virtually estranged 
before Charlotte’s death—yet, 
they become a surprising, 
seamless team as they spend 
unfathomably grueling, 
incredibly intimate time 
tending to the motherless 
preemies. Taking care of 
the babies’ relentless needs 
becomes Bruce’s anesthetic, 
Knox’s penance, and their 
unspoken joint process of 
grieving for Charlotte. 

The second half of the 
tale is beautifully told and 
leaves the reader wanting 
more. The process of grief is 
unique, solitary, painful, and 
rarely discussed. And it is dif¬ 
ficult to understand, let alone 
describe. In Losing Charlotte , 
Clay eloquently illuminates 
the darkness. •<& 

Recently Published 

■ Reviewing the Skull 
(WordTech Editions, 2010) by 
Judy Rowe Michaels ’66 

■ Artist Against All Odds: The 
Story of Robert Strong Woodward 
(Paideia Publishers, 2009) by 
Janet Gerry ’77 

* To Join the Lost (Antrim 
House, 2010) by Seth 
Steinzor ’74 

■ The Lawns of Lobstermen: 
Poems from the Maine Coast and 
Belgrade Lakes (Moon Pie 
Press, 2010) by Douglas 


■ i8oq Thunder on the Danube 
(Frontline/Pen & Sword, 
2008-10) byJoHN Gill ’77 

Fall 2010 49 

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Make for Yourself 
a Teacher 

At Middlebury, how a subject is taught is just as important as the subject itself. 

text by Maria Theresa Stadtmueller 

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A Special Supplement to Middlebury Magazine 

on Life, Teaching, and Middlebury 

He had to be cajoled into making his first trip to the Far East, 
hut John Berninghausen went on to found what is arguably 
the nation’s finest undergraduate Chinese language program. 
Teacher, scholar, raconteur, and serious collector of con¬ 
temporary Chinese art, the Truscott Professor of Chinese 
Studies retires in December after 34 years at Middlebury. 

a happy Spanish major at the University 
of Minnesota when my father, who 
was dean of library science there, was 
recruited by the U.S. State Department to survey the 
Taiwanese library system and teach, with interpreters, at 
National Taiwan University. I was perturbed my parents 
were going to Asia and wanted me to visit, because I 
wanted to go to Europe. They tempted me with a return 
trip through Asia and Europe and a plane ticket to Spain. 

My father’s Taiwanese colleagues, who spoke 
English, introduced me to the rudiments of Chinese phi¬ 
losophy, history, literature, theatre, folk arts, and religion. It 
was fascinating—outside of what I’d ever imagined. . . . But 
I couldn’t stand not being able to talk with people! I enjoy 
what random conversations can teach you about the variety 
of human experience, and I couldn’t chat with people there. 
I’d taken a semester of Chinese at Minnesota before going 
over, and during my Taiwan visit I started learning oral 
Chinese just to speak with people. 

My first teaching experience was in Taiwan. I was 
invited to take over a conversational English class for 
physics students. They studied science in English, but their 
spoken English needed work. I had no idea what to do. 

I remember walking through this packed classroom—my 
heart was pounding, my knees were shaking. I took a piece 
of chalk and wrote my name and it was an epiphany, and 
I felt, “This is who I am.” 

required Spanish courses, and added a Chinese major. I was 
the only Chinese major out of 36,000 students, and the de¬ 
partment had just expanded to two professors. After college, 
I spent a year of intensive study at Taiwan University, really 
getting on top of the language, and went on to Stanford. 

they hired me to build their Chinese program and I 
discovered I had the skills for it. Then Middlebury hired 
me to build a Chinese department: This was the college 
that shone on the hill because it had high-powered summer 
language immersion programs. We started with 1.5 teachers. 
Gregory Chiang, who died 10 years ago, was an extremely 
erudite Chinese scholar without whom the department 
wouldn’t have succeeded in the early years. 

Until well into the 1990s, I would get phone calls 
from parents saying we’d seduced their students 
into studying something useless. I'd tell them, 
"This is growing. It has a future." 

We consciously make our classes intensive. We 
let students know, “This doesn’t come easily to anyone. 

You can learn it, but you’ll have to work hard.” In the first 
two weeks, they’re taking a test using Chinese characters. 
We want to get them as close as possible to internalizing 
Chinese in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and 
cultural competency. Historically, about 80 percent of 
students who take Chinese 101 continue for a second year. 

Teaching is not reducible to communicating your 
knowledge to your class. You have to convey a genuine 
enthusiasm for the material, and you have to know your sub¬ 
ject matter, particularly at a place with such smart students. 

and you have to adjust your strategies to find a mid-range. 

If you only teach to the 20 percent with the highest 
aptitude, that’s not success, unless your goal is to drive out 
the others. If you only teach to the lowest 20 percent, you’ll 
lose the top part of the class. Everybody matters—unless 
they’re not trying. 

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Can you teach someone to write? The question’s not only an old one, it’s probably the wrong 
one. A young writer’s growth is less dependent on technique than on permission to write, encouragement 
to read, contagious faith from mentors, and living examples of the writing life. Julia Alvarez ’71, a writer 
in residence at Middlebury, and Vendela Vida ’93 are two of the noted writers who learned their craft at 
the College and its Bread Loat Writers’ Conference. The symmetry of their experiences, related in separate 
interviews, speaks to the fertile ground storytellers continue to find here. 

JA: I came to this country at age ten, from the Dominican 
Republic. I was struggling with language and homesick¬ 
ness. I realized kids were making fun of my accent, and 
the bully boys were chasing me on the playground. I had a 
wonderful nun who asked me about my home and listened 
to my stories. She said, “Write that down.” When I wrote 
down my stories it was as if everything I had lost came 
back. When the nun had me read my stories to the class, 
the bullies saw me as real. That’s power. 

W: I was always interested in writing. It’s one of the 
reasons I chose Middlebury—I’d heard about the Bread 
Loaf Writers’ Conference. But I’m the first person in my 
family to graduate from college, so I was hesitant to declare 
I was an English major. My family was (justly) concerned 
about how I would support myself with a degree in lit¬ 
erature. My freshman seminar was with Cheryl Faraone, 
about the intersections in various art forms—we went to 
the theatre in New York and art exhibits, and wrote a 
lot. She was my adviser, and when I told her I planned to 

major in international politics and economics, she asked, 
“Do you like politics?” I told her, no. “Well, do you like 
economics?” and I said, “Oh, God, I’m so afraid to take 
economics!” So she asked, “What is it that appeals to you?” 
I explained that I liked languages. I liked to write. I liked 
to read. She said that’s what I should do—I should take 
writing and literature classes. It was very freeing to hear 
someone say that to me. 

JA: I started out at Connecticut College where I studied 
with William Meredith and won the poetry contest two 
years in a row. He told me, “There’s a place you need to 
go”—the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. I went there 
and fell in love! I was surrounded by people talking about 
what mattered most to me. One afternoon I took the main 
campus tour. I went right into admissions and said to Fred 
Neuberger ’50, the director, “I need to go here.” He told me, 
“Young lady, there’s an application procedure,” and I said, 
“But I need to go here now. I'll just move to town and work 
and wait things out.” I even read him one of my poems. 

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I think the most important thing they gave me was their faith: 

faith that I could write. 

Someone from Bread Loaf called him on my behalf. Finally, 
he said, “Young lady, how soon can you get the deposit?” 

Bob Pack was such a generous teacher. I’d give him a 
big stack of my poems, and he’d read them and comment 
on them. I asked him once, “How am I ever going to pay 
you back?” and he told me, “Don’t you know, Julia? You 
don’t pay these things back, you pass them on.” Every time 
a student gives me a package of writing, I remember that: 
I’m not giving anything, but passing on what’s been given 
to me. 

VV: Both David Bain (in nonfiction) and Julia Alvarez 
(in fiction) were mentors to me. I think the most important 
thing they gave me was their faith: faith that I could write. 

I was working on a short story in Julia’s workshop my 
junior year, and she said, “I think what you’re working on 
here is a novel.” It was eye-opening to me—this kindness, 
this faith that I could write a novel, which sounded like the 
most grandiose idea to me. 

David encouraged me to read John McPhee, and to read 
the anthology of “best essays” every year. He also helped 
me with technique. I did my nonfiction thesis on an aging 
rodeo cowgirl in Arizona, and I knew something about 
her she hadn’t told me herself, but had told someone else. 

I asked David how to relay this information without put¬ 
ting words in her mouth. He suggested I frame it like this: 
“If you were to sit down with so-and-so, she might tell 
you ...” Since then, whenever I see writers do that, I 
think, “I’m on to you—David Bain taught me that!” 

JA: Storytelling is about community and belonging. 
Writing was taken seriously at Middlebury; it wasn’t just 
a little decorative course here and there. There was David 
Price, there was Bob Hill’s seminar on Yeats, which was in 
the evenings. We got out at io at night, and I'd be soaring. 

VV: Professor Hill was really great—I remember him say¬ 
ing you should keep ajar on your desk and put in a quarter 
for every word you took out of your prose. I think about 
that when I’m writing—how the words you extract are 
actually worth something. 

JA: When I started teaching at Middlebury, there weren’t 
as many women or young writers in our department. It’s 
important for students to see someone incarnated, who’s 
doing it. 1 was working on Garda Girls and I’d tell my 
students, “My editor wants me to revise, so what are you 
complaining about?” I remember Vendela’s class—there 
were so many dazzling young writers. Vendela was focused, 
willing to revise, revise, revise. She had the calling, as the 
craft itself was more important to her than the immediate 
gratification of showing off or getting praised. 

VV: Julia’s class focused on revision. That’s where I first 
learned you had to revise; that you weren’t expected to 

deliver a story with the first draft. And she was so orga¬ 
nized—she had deadlines for the first draft, first revision. 

I thought, “Wow! You can be a writer and have your act 
together!” There were so many talented writers in that 
class, many of whom went on to get published and devote 
their lives to literature: Sarah Stewart Taylor, Eric Puchner, 
Allan Reeder, and many others. 

JA: Working with students on their stories, you learn to 
solve problems because you didn’t create them. I told my 
students, “Part of what I’ll grade you on is how you re¬ 
spond to your fellow writers. You may think you’re reading 
and evaluating this story for someone else. But in trying to 
figure out what this story needs to take off, you’re learning 
how to do that in a way you can’t in your own story be¬ 
cause you’re inside it.” 

VV: At 826 Valencia, I teach my students to write every 
day, even if it’s only a few sentences. We talk at great length 
about how to end a story—I remember Julia telling us 
about a New Yorker editor who always chopped off the last 
two paragraphs. People often try to make endings too neat 
and overexplain themselves with penultimate paragraphs 
that read: “And then I realized ...” I’ve definitely para¬ 
phrased that lesson from Julia when offering guidance to 
my students. 

It’s exciting to see students’ progress, to see what they’ve 
learned by the third or fourth draft. Teaching also makes 
you feel less selfish. As a novelist, it’s too easy to spend all 
day with your own thoughts. Teaching reminds you that 
everyone has something to say. 

JA: As in that saying, “It takes a village to raise a child,” 
it takes a community to raise a writer. I went to a poetry 
reading at Bread Loaf recently, and the talent up there was 
jaw dropping. I thought I’d feel competitive, but I felt such 
gratifying relief. I can stop storytelling someday because 
these kids will carry it into the future. 

Julia Alvarez’s novels include How The Garda Girls Lost 
Their Accents and In the Time of the Butterflies. She’s also a 
prize-winning poet, children’s author, and essayist. Her 
numerous awards include the 2009 F. Scott Fitzgerald 
Award for Excellence in American Literature and the 
Hispanic Heritage Award in 2002. She is a writer in 
residence at Middlebury. 

Vendela Vida is the author of And Now Yon Can Go and 
Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name , both of which were 
New York Times Books of the Year. Her newest novel, The 
Loners , was published this past summer. She is a cofounder 
and editor of The Believer magazine, and teaches at 826 
Valencia, a nonprofit center for students 6-18, in her native 
San Francisco. 






The Middlebury Initiative 

When the town of Middlebury set outto plan for the future, it turned to Midd's geography departmentfor help. 

H ow did Abe Bendheim ’10.5 spend his sum¬ 
mer vacation? Working with his geography 
professors to help Middlebury residents visualize 
the town’s future. 

Recent visitors to Middlebury will have noticed the 
new Cross Street Bridge, designed to lighten the burden 
on the old Battell Bridge and create an additional en¬ 
tryway to the town and College. The bridge’s western 
end lands near Bakery Lane and Main Street, where res¬ 
taurants, the back of the Ilsley Library, and parking lots 
edge the creek. “It’s kind of a neglected sliver of town,” 
says Professor of Geography Jeff Howarth. “The bridge 
is transforming the town by bringing people into town 
through the back.” 

How should that transformation look—and feel—to 
pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers? The College’s GIS 
specialist and teaching fellow Bill Hegman, who’s been 
working with town planners and committees on this 
project for four years, answers with more questions: 

“We asked ourselves, ‘What could make this area invit¬ 
ing? What does the town need?’ Space affects us as 
humans; we had to look at traffic flow, parks, architec¬ 
ture, and how all of it fits in with the rest of the town.” 

Luckily, geography is just the discipline for the job, 
and the Churchill Memorial Fund, which honors the 
late and beloved geography professor Bob Churchill, 
allowed Hegman and Howarth to hire a student to 
help. (Also a plus was the in-town location of the Orton 
Family Foundation, for whom preserving small towns in 
New England is a priority. The foundation matched the 
Churchill Fund money and also made available its pow¬ 
erful CommunityViz software program.) Intern Abe 
Bendheim, an environmental studies/architecture major 
who’s studied with Hegman and Howarth, brought his 
interest in design and his facility with GIS to the project. 

The town requested three scenarios for the space 
in question, combining housing, retail and office space, 
parking, and park land. As Bendheim describes his 
role, “I wasn’t designing it, but trying to create a series 
of visuals of what could go there. Once the town knows 




what’s possible, they can contact a developer to design 
and build it.” Bendheim used his architecture back¬ 
ground and worked with his mentors in using GIS layers, 
smart maps, CommunityViz, and Google’s Sketch-Up 
to create options for possible sizes, groupings, and uses 
of buildings, including the traffic flows around them. 

But for all the technology, this was a very human 
process. “I had to give two presentations to really varied 
stakeholders: the town planner, the Orton Foundation, 
the Economic Development Initiative Committee, who 
are mostly local businesspeople,” Bendheim recalls. 

“I had to explain the plan to people with varied back¬ 
grounds. We didn’t want this to be a top-down process, 
but something people could react to.” 

"Space affects us as humans; we had to look 
at traffic flow, parks, architecture, and 
how all of it fits in with the rest of the town." 

Bendheim also had to respond to feedback from his 
clients, and adjust to new directions they desired. “It was 
a great lesson—it’s a really interesting challenge respond¬ 
ing to a committee,” he says—a skill he’ll need in pursu¬ 
ing design consulting after graduation. Of course, his 
teachers had his back: “Bill and Jeff are awesome guys,” 
says Bendheim. “They’re really smart and they gave me 
a lot of time this summer. They were very invested in 
this being a learning opportunity for me as well as a ser¬ 
vice to the town.” Both teachers see tremendous value in 
students applying what they’ve learned in class to the real 
world. “Abe was great, and his work definitely helped 
move things forward,” says Hegman. As Bill Roper, 
president and CEO of the Orton Family Foundation 
noted, “We’ve worked with nine Middlebury interns 
in the last three years on various local planning projects. 
We’re able to offer state-of-the-art tools 
and these facile, smart kids do such a great 
job—and I say that as a Williams grad!” 

Liberal Arts • Global Action 

he U.S. Agency for International 
Development spends about $200 million 
a year on food aid for mothers and young 
children in developing countries. But 
does it actually improve their lives? And 
if so, under what conditions? A rigorously 
proven answer has eluded researchers, given the ethical 
problems in selecting a randomized control group of 
children who need food and won’t get it. Add the social, 
economic, and environmental conditions that color the 
success rate of food aid, and measuring cause-and-effect 
becomes a murky business. 

Shannon Donegan ’08 has helped to clarify the answer. 
When planning her senior honors 
thesis, the economics major paired 
with two favorite professors: John 
Maluccio, who has spent years in the 
field studying developing countries’ 
economies, and Caitlin Knowles 
Myers, a labor economist and 
expert on empirical 
methods. Knowing 
Donegan’s interest in 
developing countries, 

Maluccio suggested she expand a project whose initial 
phase he’d completed in 2005—evaluating the effectiveness 
of food aid in Haiti. He and Myers knew that Donegan 
could notch up to the graduate-level analytical skills she’d 
need—a challenge that excited her. “We used a pioneering 
statistical technique that has promise in providing empirical 
support to aid projects,” Donegan says. 

With her mentors, Donegan identified a statistical “con¬ 
trol group” in the young subjects of a 2005 Haitian govern¬ 
ment survey of child health conducted independently of 
any food programs. She compared those children surveyed 
to young recipients of food aid from an NGO, matching 
them along dimensions such as family structure, mother’s 
height and education, access to sanitation, type of roof and 
floor in the family home, and distance walked to collect 

The numbers told a story both sad and surprising. In 
the control group created by the survey, 49 percent of the 
children were stunted in their growth by two standard 
deviations below the mean. (In a healthy population only 
2.5 percent are this far below the mean.) The surprise came 

after months of data runs and reruns that Donegan made 
and the regular huddles she and her professors held to 
evaluate them. “I was so focused on the variables and the 
data,” says Donegan, “and then at the end when we got the 
results, I thought, ‘oh, thank goodness—it confirms that the 
food aid works!”’ The food, combined with vaccinations 
and mother education to encourage breast feeding and 
home hygiene, achieved a dramatic 16 percentage point 
difference in stunting. “It was cool to step back and reflect 
that this project gave aid workers some essential evidence 
for the effectiveness of their work,” Donegan reflects. 

Donegan’s graduation didn’t stop the study. Her thesis 
next morphed into a paper that involved Maluccio’s 
collaborators in the initial study—all 
Ph.D. nutritionists. Donegan eagerly 
signed on. “I was already working in 
Seattle, but I was excited about 
joining a broader team 
with a bigger concept, 
although I couldn’t 
devote as much time. 
John choreographed the 
new paper,” she says. 

After almost two years 
of scrutiny, the paper appeared this past June in the highly 
regarded Journal of Nutrition. Maluccio is sanguine about 
the paper’s impact. “Our co-author based in India says the 
paper can be used to show this type of aid program has a 
large effect,” he says. 

Since her graduation, Donegan has been using her 
quantitative talents at Cascadia Consulting, where she builds 
calculators and other analytical tools that client businesses 
can use to measure their carbon footprints and resource use. 
Graduate school is in her future; meanwhile she’s proud to 
have offered an answer to a persistent development aid 
question. “I can’t take credit for it, though,” she says. “John 
and Caitlin were always there to guide me.” As they 
continue guiding their students in research, Maluccio and 
Myers can cite Donegan as a model for carrying out under¬ 
graduate research. “I’m excited about having a student 
experience how much thought and energy the 
research process entails,” says Myers. “It’s an important 
lesson about inquiry in general.” 

Selected Funding Opportunities 

A sampling of funding opportunities that support faculty-student collaboration and mentoring at Middlebury. 

Annual Support 

Faculty Professional Development Fund.$10,000 

Summer Research Fellowship.$5,000 

Senior Research Project Fund. open fund 

Bread Loaf School of English 

Teacher’s Network. open fund 
















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Language Schools Directorship.$750,000 

Bread Loaf School of English 

Teaching Fellowship.$250,000 

Collaborative Student-Faculty Research Fund .. $100,000 

The Middlebury Initiative 



Zachary A. Bourque ’oi, President # Susan Patterson Nichols ’78, Past President * Sara Bremner Barry ’91 # Laura L. Bozarth ’92, MI IS ’94 * Suzanne 
K. Daley ’96 * Gregory A. Frezados ’90 * Matt J. Goebel ’94 * Hilary A. Johnson ’02 * Phyllis Wendell Mackey ’78 * Robert V. Sideli ’77 * Edward Y. 
Sob ’94 * Andre Berot Spring ’88 # Damian L. Washington ’03 

Ex Officio: Meg Storey Groves ’85. Associate Vice President tor Alumni Relations # Ann Einsiedler Crumb ’71, Associate Vice President for College 
Advancement * Elizabeth Karnes Keefe, Assistant Dean of Language Schools and Sch ools Abroad * Susan Regier, Director of Annual Giving 

How many in our class are now 
great-grandparents? Tell us about 
your great-grandchildren. 

—Class Correspondent: Alma Davis Struble, 147 
West State St., Room 208, Kennett Square, PA 

My wife, Joyce, died in June after a 
long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. 

I have been recuperating from 
pneumonia so I don’t have any news this time 
around. I hope to have more news for the next 
issue, if classmates would send me some! 

—Class Correspondent: Marshall Sewell, 20 
Morning Glory Ln., Whiting, NJ 08159. 

Appreciation goes to Ivan 
Bunnell’s widow, Alice; and also to 
David Brooks, son of Becki Abbott 
Brooks, who died May 14. Each of them wrote 
special letters. Alice’s told about Ivan’s many 
talents and hobbies. I learned that he was very 
artistic. Some of his paintings had been hung in 
the corridors of the continuing care facility where 
Alice still lives in Williamsville, N.Y. David 
Brooks wrote about visiting his mother every day 
in the nursing home where she had lived for 
several years. The College also heard from Susan 
Taylor, who wrote about her mother Winifred 
Duffield Taylor, who passed away on May 11. 
She said, “Mom formed, with her classmates, a 
group they called the H and H-ers—Health and 
Happiness Club. There are still members of the 
club who are in touch. Mom and her twin sister, 
Ruth Duffield Couperus, attended Middlebury 
as did her brother Thomas Duffield ’33, her father 
Edmund Duffield, Class of 1904, her uncles 
Reginald Duffield, Class of 1902, and Maurice 
Duffield ’20, her aunts Edith Duffield ’17 and 
Gertrude Waldo, Class of 1909, her nieces Alice 
Couperus Gross ’62 and Judith Couperus Radasch 
’65, and Judy’s daughter, Karin Maddox ’85. 

Mom, Ruth, and another classmate formed a 
singing trio and sang around town.” Why am I 
telling you all the above? I’m hoping that some of 
you will write to me, too, at the address below. 

My address changed because I moved from an 
apartment to Residential Care at the end of April. 
If some of you will please send news of what you 
are up to then all of us can read some of the 
interesting activities you are doing. Otherwise the 
only news you’ll be reading will be another death 
or two. Because Janet Randall Morgan and I 
keep in touch by phone, she told me that she is 
now the great-grandmother of twin girls. They 
live in Newington, Conn., where Janet had also 
lived for many years. * As I’ve written before, life 
here at Wake Robin is very active. This summer 
activities were mostly outdoors. To name a few: 
putting on the putting green, which is artificial 
turf, croquet, bocce, horseshoes, and golf at the 
Kwiniaska Golf Course, a few miles away. 

—Class Correspondent: Mrs. Charles M. Hall 
(Margaret Leslie), 100 Wake Robin Dr., Shelburne, 

VT 05482. 

Bert MacFadden sent the 
following note: “After 56 years of 
pediatric and adolescent practice, 

I’ve removed my shingle! As a consequence, I’m 
pretty bored and much over TVed. Our many 
cruises in various areas were concluded a few 
years ago. Now our annual venture is in 
September on the Maine coastline, which is very 
revivifying! The Lake Dunmore cottage is leased 
in summer since my wife doesn’t appreciate ‘all 
the trees.’ I’m still mobile and able to drive. As 
class agent, I send my gratitude to all who 
contribute and we need more of you to do an 
annual bit to the College and thank you sincerely. 
Roger, your prowess in this secretarial role is 
admirable and I send greetings to you and the 
class!” # I recently spent three delightful weeks 
on Martha’s Vineyard as I have done since 
sometime in the 1970s. I dined one evening at 
LeGrenier, a French restaurant in Vineyard 
Haven. I chatted with the owner in French. Then 
I wrote a poem about the restaurant in French. 
The owner was quite amazed. I then asked him to 
give me four words and I would compose a poem 
on the spot. I did. He then suggested that if I 
returned in the fall, he would advertise a poetry 
night at which I would recite some of my poetry 
and also create poetry on the spot using words the 
other diners would give me. I agreed to it. It 
should be fun. I might offer a bottle of wine to 
anyone who could stump me. Professor Cook 
would, I hope, be proud of me. A late bloomer at 
age 91. # I am starting a new section of our class 
notes entitled “Little Known Facts.” For instance, 
during one period of my life I bought and sold 
100 horses. I rode them all and was only dumped 
twice. If you have something in your life that was 
unusual or out of character, send it to me and we 
will use it in the column. For instance, if you 
were swimming off Martha’s Vineyard and were 
bitten by a shark, a la Jaws, we would use it. 

—Class Correspondent: A. Roger Clarke 
(, 1 Rundel Park, Rochester, NY 

Here are some notes on the reunion, 
written on behalf of Loring Pratt, 
who could not attend: Several 
classmates made it back for our 70th reunion, 
including Betsey Barber Barney, Beverly 
Barton Hall. Betty Cook Hedrick, Frankie 
Cornwall Hutner. Ed Morse. RC Anderson, 
and Ed Reichert, of whom there were several 
sightings. We enjoyed sharing meals and 
reminiscing, and enjoyed the varied concerts and 
programs offered. At one public appearance, that 
of parading into Mead Chapel behind the 1940 
banner, four of us marched up the hill. We were 
greeted with awe, lengthy jubilant applause, 
merriment, and maybe a hint of astonishment, as 
we were led by a distant and preoccupied 
president. It was worth the effort. Woody Allen 
has said that “90 percent of life is showing up.” 

On behalf of 1940, we did. 

—Class Correspondent: Dr. Loring W. Pratt 

\ (, 37 Lawrence Ave., Fairfield, 

ME 04937. 

Correspondent Elizabeth 
Wolfington Hubbard-Ovens 
reports that 90th birthdays are bringing many 
celebrations for members of the Class of 1941. 
Ruth Packy” Packard Jones celebrated hers 
in August and mobile reporter Margaret Shaub 
was there to wish Packy well from all of us. * 
Margaret and Barbara Wells attended the Cane 
Society luncheon in June. They were pleased to 
hear from President Liebowitz that the College is 
strong and growing. # Sally Martenis 
Townsend tells us she is well and happy to have 
husband Ira 42 home again after an extended hos¬ 
pital stay. # With deep sorrow we report the 
deaths ofjohn Hicks on May 19, George Berry 
on April 16, and Ralph Flanders on April 6. 
John was a scholar and had a career as a teacher, 
writer, and community leader. His enthusiasm for 
Middlebury and Prof. Cook never waned. “Bud” 
Berry, a generous and loyal supporter of the 
College, was always a presence on campus and at 
reunions as well. Ralph left Middlebury in 1940 
and later finished at UVM. His very busy life 
included a wife and nine children. All three men 
were in the armed services during WWII and 
were actively involved in the European and 
Pacific theaters. Our sympathy is extended to the 
families. Obituaries will appear in a future issue. 
—Class Correspondents: Elizabeth Woffington 
Hubbard-Ovens, 22 Inverness Dr., Apt. 1-116, New 
Hartford, NY 13413; Margaret Shaub, 159 Village 
1 Green Dr., Apt. 2, South Burlington, VT 05403. 

Peter Stanlis, author of Robert Frost, 
the Poet as Philosopher, now out in 
paperback, has published another 
book called Conversations with Robert Frost: The 
Bread Loaf Period. With a new introduction by 
Peter, the book contains conversations he had 
I with Frost from 1939-1941, which provide a 
window into understanding Frost’s philosophical 
visions. * I’m sorry to report that Elinor Dickie 
Rankin passed away on May 20. We had an 
e-mail from her son Paul ’76 and our sympathy 
goes to him and all her family. An obituary will 
appear in a future issue. * My incoming mailbox 
has been very empty—and so too my incoming 
e-mail. Please, fellow classmates, I’m ready to hear 
| from you. 

—Class Correspondent: Joan Calley Cooper 
(, 3400 Laguna St., Apt. 331, 
San Francisco, CA 94123. 

Correspondent Jean Jordan Sheild 
reports: Peg Bullock Marti writes 
that she and Don are “hanging in” 
although they both have some cardio health 
problems. They still live in their own home, 
which Don built himself in 1950. They have three 
great-grandchildren with a fourth on the way. 

One of their grandsons is an aerospace engineer 

56 Middlebury Magazine 

working on weapons development and a 
granddaughter is attending graduate school to 
become a librarian. * We were saddened to 
receive word of the death of Elva Tarbell 
Procopio. Son Sanford wrote that she died at 
home in Southbridge, Mass., on January 18 at the 
age of almost 89. He added that she was always 
fond of Middlebury College—so much so that 
she called her daughter’s friend, Amy, when she 
saw a picture of Amy’s son (a Middlebury 
graduate) on the front page of the Boston Globe 
playing Quidditch. Mary Hickcox Lecko is 
still living in the house husband Konstanty built 
in 1951. At 90 years old she says everything is fine 
and she has son Paul living with her. He worked 
for 25 years but got laid off, so he’s going back to 
school. She has stopped driving but enjoys 
watching the birds in her backyard. She has two 
great-grandchildren. She has a daughter who is a 
teacher in Curasao so she only sees her at 
Christmastime. Rod and Ginny Clemens 
Lowman had a wonderful two-week river- 
cruise tour of Western Europe. From Antwerp, 
Belgium, they sailed on the Rhine and Mosel 
rivers to Switzerland, stopping to take walking 
tours through a different village every day. They 
were impressed that even in small villages there 
were few wires overhead, as most all the utilities 
entered the houses underground. The flower 
boxes along the streets were lovely. Notable also 
were the many cathedrals built during the Middle 
Ages as well as city gates built by the Romans, 
which have lasted for centuries. They were back 
home in time for Ginny to attend the semiannual 
meeting of the Girl Scouts Golden Eaglets, the 
highest rank of Girl Scouts, in which she has been 
a very active member since 1931, equal to 779 
years of membership. Eleanor Wilcox 
Murphy sends greetings from Bennington, Vt. 
Her activities are limited, but she still does 
volunteer time at the Medical Center. She also 
enjoys watching Boston sports, being a Red Sox 
fan. Carol Lewthwaite Lockard reports that 
husband Frank just retired from practicing law at 
age 90. He got his Ph.D. from Harvard and has 
been writing wills among other cases. They like 
to go to the Dinosaur Park in Hartford, Conn., 
and attend church in East Hartford. They also 
enjoy Elizabeth Park where they see the beautiful 
roses. Their son teaches economics at Trinity 
College and takes care of their house while they 
go to their summer home on Long Island. * 

News from Gloria Merritt Piersall is that she is 
still living alone in Hardtner, Kan., and has family 
nearby. She retired after 43 years of teaching 
English literature and French. She still enjoys lots 
of reading. Correspondent John Gale reports: 

I regret to report the death of Scott Eakeley in 
Westfield, N.J., on May 2 of multiple medical 
problems. He suffered from severe macular 
degeneration that resulted in blindness over a 
period of several years, which Scott bore with 
exemplary fortitude. At Middlebury, he was 
recognized as a leader in the class, being elected as 
vice president when a sophomore and president 
and member of the President’s Council as a junior. 
He left Middlebury to join the Navy’s V-7 
program early in 1943, participated in the Omaha 
Beach landing, then went on to the amphibious 
landing in southern France. Moving to the Pacific, 
his ship was heavily damaged by a kamikaze pilot 
at Okinawa, necessitating a slow voyage back to 
San Francisco for repairs. After the war, he 
entered the banking business, obtained an MBA, 
and worked as a bank officer for 40 years. 

following which he functioned as a consultant in 
that field. Scott and Putt (Wolff) were married 
in 1944 and were together for 66 years. * When 
contacted in June, Bob and Ann Cole 
Byington had just returned from a retirement 
party for daughter Lynn, who did graduate 
training at Boston College in the special field of 
teaching the visually impaired, including the use 
of guide dogs and modern technological 
equipment, then worked in this field for the 
Quincy, Mass., school system for 30 years. Bob 
continues to play golf, and Ann attends a daily 
fitness class that emphasizes stretching exercises. * 
George Nitchie resides at the Linden Pond 
retirement community in Hingham, Mass., 
where he sings with a choral group presenting a 
diversified repertoire. His long-standing eye 
problems now limit his reading, which he enjoyed 
so much. His daughter, who lives nearby, has now 
taken over management of the house in 
Tunbridge, Vt., which they still own. His wry wit 
remains intact. Ted Peach can usually be 
relied upon to contribute a newsworthy item and 
the past months were no exception. In June while 
driving his truck on a little-used unpaved road in 
a river valley some distance from his California 
home, a recent gravel repair gave way beneath the 
truck, which rolled over a couple of times, finally 
resting on its side. Ted was able to crawl out a 
window, unhurt, and started walking. Luckily he 
was soon given a ride home by a fellow traveler, 
only to be admonished by his son to be more 
careful in his driving. * In late June I had a 
delightful brief visit from my co-correspondent, 
Jean Jordan Sheild, who stopped by on the way 
to Cape Elizabeth, Maine, with husband John and 
daughter Carolyn. They were on a genealogical 
search for information about Robert Jordan, an 
ancestor who at one time owned all of Cape 
Elizabeth and whose progeny formed the Jordan 
Society, which is still active. From there they 
planned a tour of Nova Scotia. Carolyn teaches in 
Waltham, Mass., not far from Gloucester. v A 
personal note about the loss of Skip Wilkin 
Dimond, who died unexpectedly in April. After 
becoming involved in the inner workings of the 
college alumni organization through the class 
notes some 13 or 14 years ago, I became aware of 
the extensive contributions of Skip to Middlebury 
College and to the 1943 class. In the early days of 
our “alumni-hood,” she served as a class secretary 
for an extended period, helping to hold the group 
together as we all went our various ways, and over 
the years this gracious woman continued to 
facilitate class gatherings, especially on Cape Cod 
and at her lovely seaside cottage where one could 
sit on the deck and watch migrating shore birds 
feed on the sandy beach. She was a substantial and 
dependable financial contributor to the College 
and was quietly active in the alumni fund-raising 
councils as long as her failing eyesight permitted. 
Her advice was frequently sought and much 
appreciated by the college alumni organization, 
and it was deeply disappointing that circumstanc¬ 
es prevented her attending the Alumni Leadership 
Conference two years ago when she was to have 
been presented with one of the highest alumni 
awards. We of 43 were fortunate to have had her 
in our class. 

—Class Correspondents: Dr. John S. Gale 
(, 24 Beach Rd., Gloucester, 

MA 01930; Jean Jordan Sheild (, 
4408 Winnequah Rd., Monona, WI53716. 

Jane Nielsen writes from Hawaii 
that she never thought she’d be 
staying on her island so long. “But it 
sure beats winter in Vermont and Long Island! 

My parents finally moved here in ’76 and after 
they died, I kept their house. Also, I have my 
apartment right under Diamond Head. I go back 
and forth across the Island and take care of my 
three cats, garden, etc., and swim in both places.” 
Jane returned to Hawaii in March from a trip to 
Belize, having cruised there on a ship line that has 
shallow-draft ships that can go right up to the 
beach and to all the small islands. She enjoyed see¬ 
ing all the birds and iguanas. She hopes to get 
back to Midd for reunion in 2014. Meanwhile, 
“Aloha to all!” In June, when we talked with 

him. John Urban was in his old family 
homestead in Hanover, Mass., there from his 
home in Naples, Fla. Sportsman that he was at 
Mt. Hermon prep school (voted best athlete one 
year) and at Midd (football, baseball, hockey), 
these days he’s content with a bit of golf. He 
worked for years in the wool industry, operating 
from Boston, once the biggest wool center in the 
world. His career in the wool industry plus his 
stock-market hobby (prepared for in a night 
course on finance at BU) have enabled him to live 
graciously as well as to establish substantial 
scholarship trusts for both Mt. Hermon and 
Middlebury (among other organizations). “I’ve 
had so much done for me in the years that I’ve 
lived all over the place, that I want to do the same 
for others.” John has had three concussions, he 
says. But recently his doc told him he’d “never 
seen someone your age in such good condition.” 
Besides the golf, John is enjoying occasional visits 
with good friends. He has always liked classical 
music and often has it playing in the background 
while he reads a good book or magazine (a 
favorite being Reader’s Digest, to which he got a 
life subscription for 25 bucks when he was in the 
Pacific in the Navy). John really loves Midd and 
all his connections to it—the place, the people, 
and his warm memories. Betty Broadbent 
Brown can’t help a big grin as she relates her 
latest adventure: “I fell on my face in the lower 
hallway of Westminster Place and lost four teeth 
and got two teeth on a permanent bridge. I also 
fractured my right arm! The cost is frightful, but 
the result is a nice smile! With eight new teeth!” 
Plus, we trust, Betty, you have an arm refurbished 
for good use! * Bob and Louise “Cosy” 
Cozenza Aldrich lead very active lives as they 
engage in programs and activities provided by 
their condominium. They spoke of a recent trip 
to Worcester, Mass., for a concert. Branching out 
further, an investment in timeshares allows them 
a wide range of travel opportunities. Recently, 
they enjoyed a week at Foxhollow in Lenox, Mass. 
This setting is a scenic place for respite time and 
also provides a launch for visits to such neighbors 
as Williamstown (home to Williams College and 
the town’s fine museum) and Saratoga, N.Y. 

When February closes in, they are off to Myrtle 
Beach, S.C., and admit they have, reluctantly, 
allowed family members to drive them to this 
farther destination. We look forward to checking 
in on new adventures. * We’re sorry to have to 
relay the news of the passing of Lois McElroy on 
April 10 and Marjorie Palmer Maxham on 
June 25. Our sympathies are with their families. 
Obituaries will appear in a future issue. * 
Correspondent Ruth Wheaton Evans reports: I 
crossed the country in March to attend a young 
friend’s wedding in the high hills that overlook 

Fall 2010 57 



San Francisco. The setting was chosen by the 
bride and groom, who are New Yorkers with 
backpacks on the ready for any day—chance or 
planned—of hiking. This three-day event was 
blessed with picture-perfect weather and our 
east-facing windows brought breathtaking 
sunrises lifting over the bay and the city. The 
outdoor wedding, with its commanding view, 
was graced by a beautiful bride and a handsome 
groom. The extended days allowed the hikers to 
seek trails and, for those of us beyond trekking, to 
tour the hills and walk the beautiful beaches. On 
our last evening, dinner in downtown San 
Francisco brought us down from the hills into the 
bright city lights. Next day, in Cinderella style, 
we were back to reality. On my way home to 
Worcester I was given a reality check while 
visiting with friends not far from Detroit, Mich. 
To increase my understanding of the city’s plight, 
they took me on a tour. We drove through 
literally miles of blowing dust and past empty 
houses and on into the city, with its empty streets 
and towering empty buildings. It was an eerie and 
profoundly sad contrast to my idyllic stay in 
California! Dwight Davis, son of the late Paul 
Davis, contacted the College to say he had 
launched a blog online to publish excerpts from 
his father’s personal journals, which he began 
while at Middlebury. He writes, “My father died 
two years ago, and I inherited his collection of 39 
bound journals, which contain hundreds of 
thousands of words of handwritten entries. On 
my new blog I am posting transcriptions that deal 
with societal, religious, political, and other world 
affairs-type topics. These writings. 1 believe, 
provide a fascinating window into the evolving 
mind of an intelligent and engaged 20th-century 
American.” If you’d like to read the blog, go to 

—Class Correspondents: Ruth Wheaton Evans 
(, 80 Salisbury St., Unit 603 , 
Worcester, MA 01609 ; Elizabeth Ring Hennefrund 
(, 397 Old Sherman Hill Rd., 
Woodbury, CT 06798 . 

JM f I hope you all received the letter I 
£1 sent with the reunion report. We 

had a good time and missed you if 
you weren’t there. Sixteen percent of our 94 
members signed up and 13 of the expected 
actually came. They were Helen Smith 
Brockway. Denise Van Hemert. Jean 
Williams Schoch. Robert Brown. Janet 
Kemp Doell. Donald Gilmore. Margaret 
Rowland Post. Robin Willits. Marjorie 
Harwood Greer. Alan Wolfley, Elizabeth 
Allen Sutman, John McGarry. and myself. 
Thanks to many of you our class won two awards: 
the Gold Key Award for the most participation in 
a post-50th class with 71 percent; and the Parton 
Family Award for the greatest increase in 
participation from a class other than the 25th or 
50th. Thank you again for your “showing up,” 
either on paper or in person. Participation 
matters! News came from classmates who 
couldn’t make reunion. Roy Kinsey sent an 
update on what he and wife Bev (Boynton) 48 
have been up to: “Perhaps due to the Arizona 
environment, we are both active and enjoy good 
health. Possibly due to participation in 
Middlebury Mountain Club activities years ago, I 
have been very active in helping to acquire and 
now maintain 940 acres of the McDowell 
Mountains, which border the west side of town. 
As chair of a nonprofit (Sonoran Conservancy of 

Fountain Hills), my weekly workout with a group 
of volunteers entails carving out hiking trails 
within our preserve. Bev has focused her interest 
on working in our nonprofit library bookstore, 
where she enjoys the public contacts and joy of 
discussing the popular books.” In answer to a 
question from me, Roy says, “Yes, Frank Lloyd 
Wright’s Taliesin West is located about 10 miles 
away on the western side of these same mountains. 
It’s open to public tours daily.” Bob Clement 
wrote a note: “Thanks for sending me your 
reunion report. You really must have had a grand 
time. I wish I could have joined you. I enjoyed 
seeing the photo of the 45ers who did attend— 
what great looking people! We’ve had a busy year 
here what with family events and some health 
problems (nothing dire, though). Our family is a 
pretty big one. Phyllis (Vassal* 44) and I have been 
married 63 years. We have three children, eight 
grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Add 
spouses and partners and it’s quite a bunch! We 
are lucky that they all live here in northern 
California and we see them often. If you hear of 
any 45ers who might be coming our way, please 
tell them we would very much like them to visit 
us.” Dottie Laux O’Brien has moved to 
Equinox Terrace in Manchester Center, Vt., and 
is concerned about health challenges for son 
Howie. Ray Walch is continuing to improve. 

Dave and Jane Robertson Palmstrom had 
hoped to come to reunion, but Jane is the primary 
caregiver for her sister and could not leave. 

—Class Correspondent: Mary Elizabeth Wisotzkey 
McClellan (maryliz 124, 124 RiverMead 
Rd., Peterborough, NH 03458 . 


In the last column I told you that 

Elaine Gavagan Eichorn had 
moved to a new retirement home. Here is her 
new address: Regency Retirement Village, #227, 
9120 Willow Ridge Road, Charlotte, NC 28210. 
Her daughter says she would love to connect with 
Midd friends. Mardie Palfrey Davies does 
not have great news, but she is in a nice 
retirement home in Ontario, Canada. It can be 
boring at times, but there are lots of activities to 
keep her busy if she wishes. She is close to 
Toronto and Niagara Falls. Joan Campbell 
Shaw says daughter Betsy, the one that got her on 
a plane to Japan by snowboarding in the 1998 
Olympics at Nagano, did it again by moving to 
France. And so they were obliged to fly there to 
visit Betsy, Ian, and the two granddaughters. 

“The Burgundy countryside is trespittoresqueV ’ 
They have asked her to come over to ski in the 
French Alps, but she has had lots of excuses. Do 
we all relate to that? Ruth Riley Wendell says 
all is well with her, thankfully. This fall she has 
two grandchildren attending Middlebury. She 
intends to go to family weekends. She’s in the 
planning stage of a trip to Eastern Europe, Prague, 
and then down the Danube to Budapest. Terry 
Schnyder Jarrell is having a rough time with her 
broken foot. We all hope she’s doing better. 
Bobbie Grigg Welsh and husband visited her on 
her 84th birthday at the rehabilitation facility. 

And talk about the small world department. At 
her daughter’s last Thanksgiving dinner, she met 
Kathy Rowley Tuttle's niece. It is with a 
heavy heart I tell you that Janet Kasper Taylor 
lost husband Alan and Ann Curry Munier lost 
husband Milo this spring. The class sends 
condolences to both of them. Barbara Busing 

Harris is very busy as the chair of the 

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Independent Residents Association of the Taylor 
Community in Laconia, N.H. She also leads a 
monthly Celebrate Poetry session and plays some 
bridge. Sounds like a busy lady to me. Gloria 
Antolini Keyser was planning to attend a long 
weekend reunion with her family—kids, 
grandkids, and one step-great-grandchild for a 
total of 17—the first family gathering in five years. 
She wasn’t sure the 84-year-old heart was going 
to handle all the excitement. • According to 
Barbara Flink Ewels. the bears are winning in 
New Hampshire. She has been feeding birds for 
years, but now can only feed hummingbirds. 
Seems too many bird feeders disappear or are 
chewed in half. Even a wrought iron pole can be 
bent. This all happens on the deck by the living 
area. In fact one time when Jean Schwab 
Schork and husband were visiting, she was 
telling them about a bear on the deck. When they 
walked to the door, THERE WAS THE BEAR. 
Despite all that, she is very happy where she is. 
How could she give up her view of the lake and 
the hill beyond. The scenery changes constantly. 
Bet it’s beautiful in the fall. Phyllis Hewson 
Evans attended her husband’s 70th reunion over 
Memorial Day weekend and they had a fabulous 
time. The students were still on campus and they 
] enjoyed interacting with them. They were treated 
royally by everyone from the president on down. 
They were very impressed with all the events, 
including the fireworks on Saturday night. 
Daughter Shelly accompanied them, which made 
all the difference in having fun and getting 
around. Sheldon was the only one of the 1940 
class to attend the dinner. We will have to do a 
good job next year to keep them happy when we 
have our 65th. Joy Redfield Kluess is still 
trying to keep up with her nine-year-old 
granddaughter, Madison. Madison has a 
BlackBerry and Joy says, “What’s a BlackBerry?” 
Joy still rides her bicycle, swims in the pool, and 
takes walks. She misses her sisters in Connecticut, 
but is very content in Florida. And she has a cat, 
Nicholas, who is very good company. The best 
news is that, at 85, she is still active, enjoying life, 
and in good health. Doris Earnshaw 
O’Connor feels very fortunate, at 84 years, to be 
healthy and happy in Davis, Calif., with a large 
balcony where she can stargaze. Her oldest daugh¬ 
ter lives close by and they chat every day. She has 
eight grands; the older four are in college and the 
younger four are at son Captain John’s home in 
Santa Cruz, near the water. John is a tour-boat 
captain. E Tim and Phyllis Faber Warren have 
just had their first great-grandchild. His name is 
Bennett Timothy Kyle and his mom is Jessica 
Warren Kyle ’03. Tim says he is very cute. (He 
would’ve elaborated, but he was keeping it short 
for me.) < Mary Elizabeth Cummings 
Nordstrom is no longer the editor of Classical 
Voice of New England ; daughter Phyllis Nordstrom 
has taken over. She has returned to her original 
role as music critic. That way she can take in 
concerts, opera, and ballet, which a fixed income 
would not otherwise allow, and she can help to 
keep reviews up to date so musicians can use 
quotations to get new gigs. * Lois Brigham 
Selnau plans to stay in her little ranch house as 
long as she is able. Her grandson (19) comes over 
about once a week to help out. Her greatest joy is 
watching granddaughter Krista doing so well in 
law school. And she is still knitting socks, which 
she says she could probably do in her sleep. She 
sends this message to everyone in the class. Think 
positive and plan for our 65 th reunion next June! 

The latest count, in June, shows that there are 92 
of us and 70 percent participated in annual giving 
this year! GREAT! What a wonderful job Lois 
does. I will say thank you for all of us. As class 
correspondent I feel we should try for 100 percent 
and everyone should put next June on the 
calendar NOW. 

—Class Correspondent: Janet Shaw Perciual 
(, 9126 SW 195 Circle, 
Dnnnellon , FL 34432. 

In answer to my request for news, I 
received a brief but poignant note 
from Beth Reinhardt. She wrote 
that her mother. Jacqueline Shumaker 
Reinhardt, passed away in April 2009. She went 
on to express her great admiration for what her 
mother represented and how much she had meant 
to her. In Martinsville, Va., Jean Gunther is as 
busy as ever doing what she calls “much, much 
more of the same.” She continues to work on the 
Remembrance Garden, one of the four left from 
the original 10 workers. One of the original 
workers died and left an endowment fund so they 
use some of the money to hire a garden designer 
who, in addition to having good ideas, uses his 
skill and his staff to do the heavy work. This 
leaves Jean time to get back to doing one of the 
things she enjoys most—growing flowers from 
seeds. She also continues to work at the Food 
Bank. It’s a sign of the economic times that what 
she once could accomplish in 10 hours per month 
now takes her just short of 30. Her work includes 
procurement of USDA foods, purchasing canned 
or boxed foods, making sure there’s a variety of 
foods available, and never-ending paperwork. She 
feels that the work is worth it whenever she 
receives a thank you from the recipients. In her 
spare time she uses her counted-cross-stitch skills 
to make items as a fund-raiser for the SPCA. Last 
year she hit a high with just under $1000 and says 
the nice thing is that she loves doing it. Mary 
Gray Rosenfeld followed a circuitous route to 
reach her present place of residence. She moved 
first to New Jersey, then to Florida, and then 
ended up in Arizona to be nearer her son and 
daughter. She lives in a retirement home but it’s a 
small building and she has both a front and a 
backyard. Her address is 5950 N. Fountains 
Avenue, #1103, Tucson, AZ 85704. She’s a New 
Englander at heart and found it difficult at first to 
be away from the sea and the greenery but is 
slowing adjusting to the dryness and finding a 
special beauty in her new state. ’ When June 
Brookman Kinney wrote, she had just returned 
from a long vacation in the north. Though she 
still lives in Lake Placid, Fla., all her children 
reside in the north and the only way she gets to 
see them is by visiting. She has five grandchildren 
and three great-grandchildren. While there she 
attended the reception of a recently married 
step-granddaughter. Last winter she also took a 
trip to Las Vegas. Victor Springer's main 
news is that granddaughter Leanne just finished 
up a year of studies in Poland and will graduate 
from Biola Univ. next year. She loves to travel and 
live in other cultures and has been to Japan, 
Ireland, and Germany. The Springers will 
probably not be visiting Mexico any more as their 
missionary daughter and family are closing out 
their career there in La Paz after 20 years. They 
bade a teary farewell to their church of 300 that 
they and another couple had built up by showing 
love toward drunkards, druggies, and anybody 
else in a desperate situation. Victor wrote that his 

son-in-law has become one of four senior 
directors for the mission TEAM, responsible for 
the mission work in all of the Latin American 
countries and Spain and Portugal. They will be 
with the Springers for a few days before moving 
to their new home in Wheaton, Ill. I have two 
special news items of my own. Thanks to my 
stepgrandson Robert and wife Irene, I can now 
boast a step-great-grandson. Robert says he can 
now relax as the Louth name will continue and 
he won’t have that burden on his shoulders. My 
other news is that one of my stepgranddaughters 
is living with me for six months. She’s majoring in 
food management at Drexel Univ. in Philadelphia 
and is fulfilling a required six-month internship at 
one of the posh restaurants here on the Cape. 

She’s in the kitchen there and learning every 
aspect of the restaurant business. A creative cook, 
she occasionally on her two days off takes over in 
my kitchen, reminding me of how easily I could 
grow fat. 

—Class Correspondent: Jeannette Atkins Louth 
(, 99 Depot Road West, West 
Harwich, MA 02611. 

Correspondent Elizabeth 
Bredenberg Ness reports: A note 
from Cynthia Strout Fischer 
indicates that Cynthia is still busy as publicity 
chairman, board of directors, AAUW of Chester 
County, Pa.; third VP, West Chester Lions Club; 
and 2010 EDF Hero—Environmental Defense 
Fund, Washington, D.C. (This is a big honor.) - 
Shirley Davidson Fowler and husband Don ’49 
live in the mountains. They celebrated their 60th 
anniversary last year with a cruise to Alaska with 
their next-door neighbors (their daughter and 
son-in-law). All the grandchildren are grown up 
and working. " We have another member of the 
Joint Club: Janet Edwards reports that her hip 
replacements are at 100 percent. However, 
somewhere along the way, Janet tripped over a 
box of Christmas cards and broke her pelvis. 

“Very painful ordeal but finally after five months, 
I’m back to normal stamina and strength.” Keep 
up the good work. * Another of our classmates 
has left us. Selma Weiss Coons died on January 
26 in a Poughkeepsie hospital. Selma and Natalie 
Richmond Hamlin roomed together the better 
part of three years and Nat wrote about how their 
friendship continued for the rest of Selma’s life by 
getting together—and frequently with their 
husbands as well. Our sincere condolences to 
Selma’s family. * The granddaughter of Pres 47 
and Joan Spross Carr was married in a truly 
nontraditional wedding in Vancouver. A very 
large plain room in a boathouse on the water was 
transformed into a cabaret with black being the 
predominant color. Vintage black clothes were 
the dress du jour. Joan wore a ’70s cocktail dress 
with big shoulder pads. Lots of music and 
celebration—wish I had room to tell more about 
this event in April. < Ann Clarke Curley still 
lives in Lovettsville, Va., not far from Washington, 
D.C. I’m sorry to say that she is trying to get over 
a bad time physically. “I thank God for my 
wonderful family—second husband whom I 
adore and four grandchildren, plus a house in the 
country.” We hope she will be feeling better soon. 

Charlie and Miriam Wade Butts continue to 
be active board members of the Partnership of the 
Historic Bostons, a nonprofit volunteer organiza¬ 
tion dedicated to celebrating the relationship 
between the two Bostons (Massachusetts and 
Lincolnshire, England). Mini has been elected a 

resident member of the prestigious Colonial 
Society of Massachusetts. The citation reads, 
“Resident members, limited to 200 in number, are 
chosen for their distinguished contributions, 
written or otherwise, to colonial American 
history and culture.” Nancy Cheesman 
Baetzhold and husband Howard still continue to 
enjoy their retirement in Indianapolis (home of 
Butler Univ. where Howard taught for 35 years) 
and for good reason. March Madness brought 
Duke Univ. to play Butler in the final NCAA 
game. (Butler lost to Duke by one basket in the 
last moment!) And then the Indy 500 race came 
along in May and the Butler basketball team was 
chosen to be grand marshals. Nancy and Howard 
are still in their longtime house and grateful to be. 
* Due to two weeks of hospitalization with 
congestive heart failure last winter, Sally Finley 
Burton is moving from Shaker Heights, Ohio, to 
a continuing care community this summer in 
Judson Park in Cleveland. Sally knows a lot of 
people there and it’s just a 10-minute drive to 
senior scholars classes. Elizabeth Reid Buzby 
wrote that daughter Sandra ’79 was off this 
summer to Ghana with students from St. Paul’s 
School to view a school there. Reidie’s other 
daughter. Nancy, has a new job as VP of 
marketing at Experience in Boston and is also 
finishing her MBA at Simmons. Reidie is back on 
the golf course and one wonders if she is still 
skiing—on Lake Champlain? * Correspondent 
Sandy Rosenberg reports: Rita and I celebrated 
our 64th wedding anniversary on June 30 with 
dinner at Biba’s Restaurant in Sacramento. Biba’s 
serves excellent Bolognese food. * I’m sorry to 
report that Robert Watson passed away on April 
29. We send our condolences to his family. An 
obituary will appear in a future issue. 

—Class Correspondents: Elizabeth Bredenberg Ness 
(elizabeth. 11, 412 N. Wayne Are., 
#109, Wayne, PA 19081; Sandy Rosenberg 
(, 628 Commons Dr., Sacramento, 
CA 95825. 

Correspondent Rachel Adkins 
Platt reports: Thanks to those who 
responded to my urgent pleas for 
news; I have a lot to report on our fellow 
classmates. Betty Deanie Dean Custer says, 
“I’m easing into retirement, but still doing some 
real estate. I attend board functions, serve on a 
committee, sell a little, etc. I also volunteer at 
Senior Center activities and in the schools. My 
fairly new hobby (three years) is growing roses in 
a terraced rose garden. They were doing 
beautifully the first two weeks in June, until deer 
invaded from the woods behind and ate all the 
blossoms. Dan is doing quite well in spite of his 
bout with lung cancer. He really misses his 
sailboat that he had for many years in 
Narragansett Bay. However, he’s up and about, 
goes to a few meetings, and does the grocery 
shopping.” Glad to hear that both of you are 
doing well. Priscilla Keetsie Noyes 
Crosson, our skydiving classmate (at age 80) says 
she had visits and calls from two of her grandsons 
going to and from college interviews. It’s always 
great to hear from them and an important part of 
her life. She adds, “1 had a great trip in April to 
Atlanta, Asheville, N.C., and the far western 
North Carolina mountains. In Atlanta I had a 
short visit with grandson Charley, a sophomore at 
Georgia Tech. I’d never been on the campus, 
which is in the city, so it was interesting. I have 
friends in Asheville and I “did’ the Biltmore 

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j Estate, which somehow I had missed on earlier 
trips. Then I had three days at Snowbird 
■' Mountain Lodge, which I really recommend! It’s 
a beautiful, remote, quiet place on top of a 
mountain by itself—gourmet dinners, trails, and a 
neat lodge experience. This was the first time I 
took off on my own, not on tour or with anyone, 
and I really enjoyed myself. Other than typical 
aches and pains of an 8i-year-old, I’m in good 
health. No more skydiving—maybe when I’m 90. 
Ha! If I make it that long.” She also tells us that 
Frank ’48 and Mary Cole Williamson have 
moved back to St. Louis where they had lived for 
years. Her son and family live there so they are 
closer to them. Also two daughters are in Texas 
and the Pacific Northwest. From the Boston 
area comes news from Jane ‘ Janey" Baker. She 
says while she was in the Albany area visiting her 
brother-in-law she had the opportunity to have a 
short visit with Rachel (not “Reggie” anymore) 
Stryker Smith. “Rachel and Dwight live in 
their new home in Slingerlands, N.Y., and love it. 
It was a short visit but so good to catch up. She 
looked grand.” She also said that she and Janet 
Correll Shahan keep in touch regularly. “She 
does not seem to slow down very much, still 
doing canoe trips or hikes in the Adirondacks 
with her sister, kids, and grandkids, and the like. 

I have to rest after reading her letters.” Yours 
truly, your female class correspondent, keeps busy 
with volunteer work at the Red Cross, Planned 
Parenthood, and the George Eastman House 
council, and also of course writing these notes. 
The best part of my life is keeping up with my 
large family, children and grandchildren, and new 
(four years) husband and family. We had a family 
reunion in Lake Placid, N.Y., at the end ofjuly. 
We rented a huge house in the village and had 
them all coming from the West Coast (Seattle and 
Sacramento), Pennsylvania, Florida, and New 
York State. There were 29 of us, including a 
one-year-old grandson and a three-month-old 
great-grandson. Lots of chaos and fun. A nice 
note from Barbara Knapp Bull arrived 
bringing us up to date on her latest travels and 
family news. All her family visited from the 
Midwest and around Vermont for a long weekend 
to celebrate her birthday, with good hiking, music 
and great food—and another high school 
graduation. She has one granddaughter in 
graduate school (after MIT), and another nearly 
through college. Two more started this fall. She 
wonders where the time has gone. She spent a 
week on the beautiful Maine coast and planned to 
go back for another three weeks to her cabin in 
August. She says, “Amazing to realize that the 
view of the land and the water has not changed at 
all since I first went there in 1950. Thanks to the 
excellent state regulations re setback from the 
shore, etc.” I envy your visits to Maine. I agree it 
is a lovely, somewhat unspoiled state. * All for 
now. Keep your notes coming. 

—Class Correspondents: Dixon Hemphill 
(dixonHI 925, 10910 Olm Dr., 

Fairfax Station, VA 22039 ; Rachel Adkins Platt 
(rplatt 27, 34 Tobey Brook, Pittsford, 

NY 14534 . 

What goes around, comes around. 
Just 55 years ago (June 1955) Sally 
Peek Nelson and Corky Elwell 
volunteered to be class secretaries and here we are 
again, now your class correspondents. We will 
keep in touch and each of you can help by 
providing information regarding your activities 

from time to time. Here are some 60th reunion 
highlights: Seeing and visiting with classmates 
and catching up on each other’s lives was the 
highlight of the entire weekend. Meals were 
bountiful and diverse (and definitely better than 
in 1950). Continuing education provided 
abundant intellectual stimulation. Bill 
McKibben’s presentation, “Small Beginnings, Big 
Results—Middlebury Kids Organize the World,” 
was both interesting and fascinating. Jane Bryant 
Quinn ’60 did a presentation about how to 
manage your money in this turbulent economy 
and it drew an overflow audience. The parade and 
Convocation were full of fun, presentations, and 
speeches. President Liebowitz’s detailed 
description of changes at Middlebury seemed 
almost overwhelming. The weekend was capped 
by a wonderful performance by Francois 
Clemmons, tenor and Alexander Twilight Artist 
in Residence. Based on comments from 
classmates, our 60th reunion was a huge success. 
Rufus Cushman won the Cane Society Award 
and, by popular demand, Sid Kay will continue 
his class agent responsibilities. Thank you to Phil 
Porter and Lois Rapp Mcllwain for being our 
class correspondents the past five years. Phil 
reminded us as he turned over the job that taking 
it on carries an implicit promise of staying alive 
for another five years. We’ll work on that. For our 
sense of Class of 1950 history, and with gratitude, 
here is the full list of our class correspondents: 
1950—1955 Joan Ritter Beebe and George 
Dunning: 1955-1960 Sally and Corky; 

1960-1965 Jane Murdoch Baker and Robert 
Jackson; 1965-1970 Babs Bostelmann Elwell 
and Robert Wilson; 1970-1975 Lois Rapp 
Mcllwain and Paul Skudder; 1975—1980 Irv 
and Kathy Pell Meeker; 1980—1985 Bill and 
Carol Carlton Hentz (now Carol Spooner); 
1985-1990 Jackie Brooks Davison and Dex 
Whittinghill; 1990-1995 Elly Flett Kingsland 
and Anna Sherwood Young: 1995-2000 
Barbara Parker and Barbara Kraft Packer: 
2000-2005 Peg Stearns Burdett and Walter 
Paterson: 2005-2010 Lois and Phil; and once 
again, 2010-2015 Sally and Corky. At reunion, 
and in a few phone calls since, it’s been fun to talk 
to old friends and get caught up. It’s reassuring to 
see that people look the same as always—recog¬ 
nizably still nifty—and even, oddly, more reassur¬ 
ing to find out that we share some health 
imperfections: knee replacements, for example, 
are a hot topic. (Titanium is good.) * We also 
heard from a few people who couldn’t make it to 
reunion. Horst Boog says, “I still think with 
pleasure of the 50th reunion in 2000 with the 
picturesque tents on the green meadows, and I’d 
like to see old fellow students again, especially 
Bruce Burdett." However, he was recovering 
from operations on his left hip and couldn’t come. 
And Louise Laverie Bresky sent a note to the 
Class of 1950, saying she would be thinking of 
everyone at reunion and wishing she could be 
there. Sadly we must report that David Dale 
passed away on July 8. Our sympathy is sent to 
wife Mary Krum Dale ’51 and all his family. A 
memorial for David will appear in our column in 
the winter and an obituary will follow in a future 
issue. * Please write to us at the addresses below 
so that we can fill up our class notes with the bits 
and pieces of our lives and can keep in touch. And 
if you are interested in seeing who attended 
reunion, drop a line to Corky and he will send 
you a copy of the list. 

—Class Correspondents: Corwin Elwell, 119 Harris 

Ave., Brattleboro, VT 05301 ; Sally Peek Nelson, 80 
Lyme Rd., # 315 , Hanover, NH 03155 . 

After publishing A 1 McCombs’ story 
about his and Gretchen Deckelman 
McCombs’ marriage in the winter 2010 class 
column, we (the Demings) received a letter from 
a man whose wife, an eagle-eyed ’52 Middlebury 
graduate, had spotted the piece and had given it to 
him to read. He and A 1 had known each other 
long ago but had lost touch, and not knowing Al’s 
e-mail and getting an old one of ours, he then 
wrote a letter to A 1 and sent it to us for forward¬ 
ing! Of course, we then heard from A 1 that he did 
indeed remember this man and they had bridged 
the years with facts and memories. Has anyone 
else felt moved to reconnect with a classmate 
because of a line about him or her in the notes? 
We’d love to share your reconnect tale, and with 
your permission, pass it along. Having left you 
with very little explanation about Liz Nelson’s 
statement that neuropsychology is catching on as 
a new way to monitor marketing activities by 
measuring the brain, we belatedly asked for a 
clarifying statement! Her company and others are 
experimenting with a simple glove worn by the 
consumer as she or he responds to ads, packaging, 
and other market stimuli. The glove is extremely 
sensitive to the brain’s reacting to stimuli and can 
even detect which part of the brain is telling the 
glove-wearer to react in a certain way. The 
consumer understands she is being studied and has 
given permission, and suppliers argue that the 
tracking optimizes packaging and TV ads by 
learning how consumers view them. Mary 
Sellman McIntosh still lives in the same house 
in West Simsbury, Conn., and is still teaching, 
subbing in the Simsbury public school, in both 
junior and senior high. Her original teaching life 
was in math, but now she’ll teach anything, she 
says; she really likes the kids. (Mary’s own four 
children all went to Middlebury, which may be a 
class record?) As of a year ago she had two dogs, a 
golden retriever and a basset hound. She and Jim 
still have their hideaway home with a wonderful 
view in Lincoln, Vt. * We were grateful for a 
letter from Tom Leavitt’s wife, Michele. Tom 
developed Parkinson’s disease and now lives in a 
nursing home in Rhode Island. He also has 
dementia, often believing he resides in a 
university museum setting, which was his field of 
work. He’s very well cared for by the staff (“the 
nurses tell me he’s their favorite”) as well as 
people from the Odyssey Hospice program, and 
Michele visits him at least three times a week, 
becoming a pro at bingo! Tom’s oldest daughter 
sees him weekly and they go for a walk and a 
picnic most Saturdays. Fortunately Tom’s 
youngest son, Zach, also lives in Rhode Island, 
visits Tom often, and is strong enough to lift him, 
so he helps with transportation, such as to the 
doctor’s. Michele says she is okay; she rents out 
their home in the summer, teaches drawing at the 
community college, and generally makes ends 
meet. \Sadly, we learned at press time that Tom Leavitt 
had passed away. Our condolences go to Michele and all 
his family.] * On November 25, 1950, the fall of 
our senior year, a powerful hurricane roared 
across the campus. “The full gale” spared only 
Starr Library and two of the 34 college-owned 
houses in town, according to the “Hurricane 
Edition” of the Middlebury College News Letter. 
Our 1951 Kaleidoscope reports that the Campus 
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coverage of “The Wind.” Middlebury students 
did much to aid Porter Hospital in moving 
patients to safer parts of the building, to help 
rescue farm animals trapped or wounded in their 
collapsed barns, and to assist moving trees and 
parts of buildings from the places they had fallen. 
There are few of us without a memory of those 
several days, and we’d love to hear yours. Thank 
you very much. Norm 53 and Joan Allen 
Armour moved west a year ago to the Santa 
Barbara, Calif., area and live in an apartment in a 
retirement community in Montecito. Before 
moving to California, they attended the wedding 
in France of a former exchange student who had 
lived with them in Simsbury, Conn. * Two 
grandsons of Don and Meg Curry Gregg are 
freshmen this fall; Conor Buckley at Tufts Univ., 
and Gregg Corcoran at UVM. Congratulations 
and a great time to them both. Congratulations as 
well to Don for the honorary degree he received 
in the spring from Colorado College. The Greggs 
had a postcard from Harvey Moger saying that he 
and Carol Osborn Moger were looking 
forward to seeing everyone at our 60th next 
spring. (Next spring already?) * One final 
anecdote from Jack Mulcahy: He and the late 
Bard Lindeman ’50, an English lit major and a 
great student, took a history course from Prof. 
Pardon Tillinghast in 1947, his first year teaching 
at Middlebury after being at Williams. The first 
football game of the year was with Williams 
College and Middlebury won! Bard later 
questioned Prof. Tillinghast about why he got a C 
on a recent paper and Jack got an A-. The 
professor’s answer? “He plays football!” * We 
asked Bill Sommers what he’s been doing since 
graduating. After getting an advanced degree in 
local government at Harvard, he worked in 
municipal management in a variety of places then 
took a job with USAID and went overseas to do 
local development in Thailand, Vietnam, and the 
Philippines. In the mid 1980s, he returned to the 
municipal field in New Jersey and Massachusetts, 
then went back overseas to work in Egypt, Poland, 
Hungary, Indonesia, and Bosnia. During that 
time he and wife Joan raised six children! He’s 
also done a lot of writing, publishing books of 
poems and short stories, and recently completed 
four true tales for the online magazine, American 
Diplomacy. He and Joan are still working on their 
monograph about Prof. Arthur Healy. ' Sadly we 
report the death of Alan Lewis on March 19. He 
went to Kimball Union Academy, played 
freshman football at Middlebury, and lived at 84 
North Pleasant Street, also the street address of 
Giff Eager. Archie Corrigan. Neil Myers, and 
Karl Rannenberg. according to the little blue 
book we received at arrival. Our class sends 
sympathy and our remembrances to his family. 

An obituary will appear in a future issue. Again 
our thanks to all classmates who have written, 
called, or e-mailed, and to everyone who plans to 
as we work in our final correspondent year! Don’t 
forget our 60th reunion is in June! 

—Class Correspondents: William and Phyllis Cole 
Demin# (bding 2351, 143 Marsett Rd. } 
Shelburne, VT 05482 . 

Theo Slater Oppermann ’73 sent the 
College a copy of the obituary for 
Donald Elwell, who passed away 
on March 7 from complications of ALS. She 
wrote at the bottom, “He was my high school 
teacher, mentor, and inspiration for attending 
Middlebury. He made the world a better place.” 

Brother Corky Elwell ’50 also sent a copy of the 
bulletin for Don’s memorial service, which took 
place on March 13 in Suffern, N.Y. * Correspon¬ 
dent Ken Nourse reports: I have been wonder¬ 
ing about Dick Thayer because his name did not 
appear on my updated list of addresses. I found a 
Richard Thayer in the Burlington, Vt., directory 
with a Williston address. Sure enough his wife 
Marnie answered and we had a nice chat. She and 
Dick downsized about four years ago and bought 
a condo in Williston after living in Charlotte, Vt., 
for a number of years. Unfortunately, I found that 
Dick has Alzheimer’s and, for the last year, has 
been at Birchwood Terrace in Burlington. In case 
any of you would like to contact Marnie, her 
address is 10 Tyler Way, Apt. 343, Williston, VT 
05495. +■ I also talked briefly with Paul Bock 
who reports that his condition is about the same 
after a fairly serious stroke. He and Judy (Kirby) 

’55 were planning to attend the 2010 Alumni 
College. Glad to hear that he’s well enough for 
such cerebral activity. * I had a spirited 
conversation with George Sperry, who still lives 
in Dayton, Ohio. He lost his wife some 20 years 
ago and has chosen not to remarry. He had many 
questions about Midd friends, one of whom was 
Dan Scott. I had to tell George that Dan is a 
mystery to us. The Alumni Office has a last 
address in McLean, Va., but for many of us Dan 
has disappeared. * In closing, I am happy to 
report that fellow correspondent Bill Huey 
finally turned 80. I cannot imagine being that 
old! Correspondent Barbara Cummiskey 
Villet reports: Bill Whittemore ’51 wrote of the 
loss of wife Carol Cadmus Whittemore on 
March 27. She was another gallant one who 
fought lung cancer for two-and-a-half years. Bill 
noted that hospice was of great support to the 
family and that Carol died peacefully at home 
with Bill, son Jack, and daughter Lynn present. I, 
for one, cannot think of Carol without remem¬ 
bering her smile. An obituary will appear in a 
future issue. This summer I heard from Joyce 
Rohr, who was back in Copenhagen with 
husband Olfert Voss, and she had some good 
news: daughter Debbie and her partner Brian, 
who have made a career of teaching tango, were 
visitingjoyce, and the family made a luscious trip 
north into Sweden by boat and train—fjord by 
fjord from the sound of it. While we sweltered in 
July in 90-degree heat, Joyce claimed that it was 
so cold there that the plants were hesitating to 
grow. She and Olfert are well, and Debbie, a 
cancer survivor, had gone north to Sweden to 
teach tango. Hot blood in a cold country I guess. 
—Class Correspondents: William Huey (judgebill@, 6 Barony Lane, Hilton Head, SC 
29928 ; Ken Nourse (, 22 Little 
Pond Rd., Middlebury, VT 05753 ; Barbara 
Cummiskey Villet (, 208 Eagleville 
Rd., Shushan, NY 12873 . 

Alice Bennett Petrie, our 

classmate for two-and-a-half years, 
lives in Bend, Ore. She has two sons, 
one a tax attorney who’s nearby and the other, a 
biotech financier in San Francisco. She also has 
seven grands. Alice completed her bachelor’s 
degree at San Jose, attending night classes when 
her children were young. Recently she had a knee 
replacement and is doing a lot of recuperating. 

You may remember that she loved to ski! She fully 
intends to ski again when all is well. She also 
enjoys biking and walking. She sees Ceddie 
Sherrer in Bend and also Joe Jones, who was the 

women’s ski coach. Janet Pope Paulsen lives 
in Wilmot, N.H., with husband Donald, who is 
an architect, and they have four adult children. 
Janet has volunteered at a local hospital the past 
seven years and she’s responsible for a special 
project at her church called “Feed the Freezer.” 
Bimonthly she and volunteers prepare 36 frozen 
casseroles to be taken to the food pantry in 
Newport. In one year, over 60 different people 
have cooked for the program and all is completed 
in two hours each time. In February Janet and 
Donald go to Fort Pierce, Fla., for a month and in 
summer they spend two months at their New 
Jersey cottage on a lake. She enjoyed seeing Bill 
and Jan Schongar Wagner at reunion. Walt 
Miner, a Navy physician, spent 17 years of his 
career working overseas. He enjoyed Italy, 
especially Naples and southern Italy. Egypt and 
Japan were terrible places to visit but great places 
to live! He was also in Vietnam in 1969-70. He 
has tons of photos from his travels, which he is 
working to put on disks. Walt inherited his 
grandfather’s farm in Rutland, Vt., and when he 
and wife Gwen visit it, they also visit the 
Middlebury campus. They live in Florida and 
Walt says he’s trying to retire, but he volunteers 
many hours at a local hospital. He and Gwen 
enjoy the yacht club and Walt’s airplane, which 
Gwen likes to take her to Georgia. All their 
grandchildren are grown and they have a 
great-grandchild who’s two. Walt says our class 
went to Midd at just the right time—the 
academics were excellent, classes were small, and 
the Mountain Club ran things! Thomas 
Kohlberg has a grandson who just graduated 
from Middlebury and who played lacrosse with 
Gale Shaw's grandson, who also graduated this 
year. Thomas, who lives in Mamaroneck, N.Y., is 
well and has not retired. He enjoys travels in the 
U.S. and overseas. His four daughters each had 
three children and all 12 grands are grown up. 

He’s been in contact with Joe Peck, who lives in 
Vermont, but he hasn’t been back to campus for a 
reunion. He did visit his grandson at Midd to see 
him compete in lacrosse. He sees Midd as much 
better now, with a good cross section of students. 

Bob Kelly has lived in Shelburne, Vt., for 19 
years and has been married to Diana for almost 40. 
Son Scott lives in Charleston, S.C., and won’t 
come back for love nor money. He married a 
young lady from Spain a year ago. Son Andrew 
also married last year in Hawaii so that enabled 
Bob and Diana to take their first trip to the 
Islands. While there, they visited Charlotte 
Mangelsdorf Holmes in Hilo. Bob was 
intrigued by her recollection of December 7, 

1941, when the Japanese planes flew so low over 
her house she could see the pilots’ faces. He says, 
“Son Andrew, with a partner, bought our 
mail-order business about 10 years ago, and 
though they aren’t getting rich, business is 
improving every year. My wife works for the 
company full time and I work as necessary. She’s 
indispensable and I’m not!” Roger May lives 
near a safe county park in Morristown, N.J., and 
takes a daily one-hour walk, unless he plays 
tennis. He was on the cross country and track 
teams at Midd and had run until his heart attack 
four years ago. He and wife Judy play duplicate 
bridge twice a week in the largest bridge group in 
the U.S. Their son and daughter live 15 minutes 
away and they have six grands. Roger likes the 
metropolitan area but finds a lot to enjoy going on 
in suburbia, closer to home. He and Judy return 
to Middlebury over long fall weekends and stay at 

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the Cornwall Orchards Bed and Breakfast. He 
attended the 50th reunion and stays in touch with 
Bob Parker. Ed Perrin, and Line Furber. 
Doug Langdon was at Midd until 1952 and he 
says he “mostly bonded with the chemistry labs in 
Voter Hall.” He then went on to medical school. 
He and Arlene live in Boonton, N.J., in 
“retirement mode,” although a 10-year stint as a 
part-time volunteer physician at a free clinic was a 
lot of fun (no insurance problems to deal with). 
They spend summers at Bolton Landing, N.Y., 
and he serves on the board at the Lake George 
Land Conserv-ancy. Wife Arlene does nonstop 
watercolor paintings of the lake and sells some, 
even though they’re hard to part with! Peter 
Clarke has been living in South Carolina for 23 
years and has never been back to Midd. He’s made 
a lot of friends in the South, and many are from 
New England! He enjoys retirement and plays 
tennis and golf and still skis. Before retirement he 
worked for the Internal Revenue Service in 
planning and research. Life is full and he and his 
wife are enjoying it. k Phyllis and Bruce 
MacKay have a Midd family with sons Gregory 
’81 and James ’85 who both married Midd 
women! They have six grandchildren. Their other 
son, Douglas, died tragically in a helicopter 
accident. Bruce and Phyllis live in Vero Beach, 
Fla., seven months and spend summers in 
Towanda, Pa. He enjoys reading, bridge, golf, and 
bicycling. He sees other Midd folks in Nokomis, 
Fla., where Don Beers has a golf tournament for 
classmates. Bruce says, “Middlebury was a great 
experience for me. It set me on the right course, 
and we continue to appreciate that.” # Once 
again, I had fun calling classmates and got so 
much news, the rest will appear in the winter. 

—Class Correspondent: Janet Bradley Harris 
(drharris 52, 1 North Ridge, Ballston Lake, 
NY 12019 . 

Correspondent Diane Schwob 
Strong reports: I sent out several 
e-mail appeals for current informa¬ 
tion for class notes and was really thrilled and 
gratified to receive back news from classmates. 
However, several e-mail messages were returned 
so please update your addresses at www. Thanks! Monica 
Dorr Burdeshaw, who lives in the Washington, 
D.C., area has four children and 10 grandchildren 
who all live close by. Two are doctors, one an 
architect, and one lives on a farm and raises horses, 
cattle, and assorted animals too numerous to list 
including dogs and cats! Monica is still very active 
and runs two businesses, which keep her very 
busy. She occasionally sees Marcia Kraft Goin 
when she comes to D.C. She also mentioned that 
if enough people sign up for our 60th reunion, 
she may come—I say the same thing! Mimi 
Thompson Adams writes that she and Tom are 
now living in a retirement community in Exeter, 
N.H. The place is full of interesting and busy 
people and they feel they have found the perfect 
place for the next 20 (?) years. Mimi is very active 
in her community and runs the library there as 
well. Mimi and Tom’s four children live within 
an hour of them and they see them on a regular 
basis for which they are very grateful. Their 
health is stable—and she feels they are very lucky 
as we all move closer and closer to our 80th 
birthdays! Correspondent Nancy 
Whittemore Nickerson reports: Karol 
Baldwin Teiko e-mails that “we planned a 
permanent move to Florida from New Jersey and 

I was good until I experienced our first summer 
there and that did it! I told my husband that we 
surely needed to rethink that idea! So guess where 
we are now living—permanently? Colorado. And 
we love it here. In July we will have been in 
Highlands Ranch, southwest suburb of Denver, 
for three years. Our new home is in a CCRC 
(Continuing Care Retirement Community) and 
it’s like living on a cruise ship. They feed us 
gourmet dinners every day, and there are so many 
groups to join, and activities, and fitness classes, 
and concerts, and movies, and Lifelong Learning 
courses and, and, and... I sing in a wonderful 
community chorale and we made a concert tour 
to Prague, Salzburg, and Vienna in June. I also 
take two ballroom dance lessons every week. 
Hiking and bicycling are two more pleasures. Best 
of all there was a large family gathering in April 
to celebrate by husband’s 95th birthday!” * From 
Marji Dawson Storrs comes this: “After nearly 
45 years in Mountain Lakes, N.J., I’m finally 
moving on to Kendal at Hanover, a Quaker 
CCRC in New Hampshire. I have a gentleman 
caller who gives me much social life and 
adventure. We average two trips a year—last year 
to Egypt and to Berlin and its environs. I also 
went to Alumni College at Bread Loaf—it was 
great!” Jaycee Cole Miller says, “I’m still 
lucky enough to travel, and this past spring I had a 
wonderful three weeks in Turkey. It was long 
enough to see quite a bit of the country, to meet 
and converse with a few people, to be amazed by 
the varied geography, and to go ballooning over 
Cappadocia. A lovely country.” In April Janet 
Buchanan Smith wrote, “Spring is here on the 
shores of Lake Ontario after an old-fashioned 
winter, with solid deep snow for two months and 
then a true meltdown, ending all skating on our 
wetland ponds and bringing back the ducks, 
herons, and other birds. We hold an annual 
birders’ hike in early May to welcome migratory 
birds to our ‘oasis’ before they cross the lake. I 
miss my horses—25 years of glorious riding (and 
shoveling!) in part of my recent past, but we use 
our new freedom to visit our children (nine with 
16 grandchildren—the result of two Smith clans 
united) most of whom live in faraway places. The 
next trip to Seattle combines a niece’s wedding 
and vacation with an Oregon son, his wife, and a 
new granddaughter. I’m still painting watercolors 
and finding various venues for showing them. 
Some are used to promote fund-raising events or 
inner-city projects, but most are the result of my 
love for the beauty of the land and its creatures. 
Bob and I are getting older, but we are dedicated 
to this wetland in which we live and where our 
home has become a gathering place for all our 
children—and for any old friends (especially 
Middlebury ones) who wish to visit.” * E-mails 
seem to be the easiest way for us to collect news, 
but you can always send a note to the addresses 
below. Let’s hear from some guys next time! 

—Class Correspondents: Nancy Whittemore 
Nickerson (, 4 Osprey Ln., Mystic, 
CT 06355 ; Diane Schwob Strong (, 
201 Vanderpool Ln., Apt. 142 , Houston, TX 77024 . 

Thirty-seven members of our class 
gathered for our delightful 55th 
reunion, enjoying each other and 
being once again on our beautiful campus in the 
green Vermont hills. On Friday night after a 
delicious dinner, we were entertained by the 
good words ofjohn von Hartz, recollecting 
Middlebury experiences. During the weekend, 

some attended seminars and others golfed. On 
Saturday, our class held a special memorial service 
for deceased class members at which Sydney Copp 
01, the granddaughter of Dick and Mary Lou 
King Wollmar. beautifully played the guitar. 
After the service, with the tap-tap-tap of Gamaliel 
Painter’s cane, we climbed the hill (which grows 
steeper every year) into Mead Chapel for the 
reunion Convocation of all the classes. Our 
weekend ended on Sunday with a delicious 
brunch inside (not out because it was raining) at 
Bruce and Sue Heyer Byers' lovely home. At 
dinner during reunion, our classmates were asked 
to respond to this question: “How does your 
Middlebury experience of 55 years ago affect your 
life today?” Here are some of the varied and inter¬ 
esting comments. From Scotty MacGregor 
Gillette: “Friends! The most valuable commodity 
on earth—my very closest friends are from high 
school and college. Reunions and Alumni 
College bring me back to the gorgeous state of 
Vermont, which I can’t get enough of. I developed 
my love of music at Middlebury and learned to 
think outside the box from Pardon Tillinghast. I 
have never for one minute regretted going to 
Middlebury, either while I was there or during 
the following 55 years.” Junie Stringer 
DeCoster says, “The Middlebury experience was 
such a powerful one, and such a really good 
match for me, that I can’t imagine who I’d be if 
I’d gone somewhere else. The closeness to the 
earth, sky, and mountains, the respect for the 
earth this closeness cements inside ourselves, the 
out-and-out beauty of the world in that place— 
all have made me, I think, primarily an 
environmentalist above all else. I think part of the 
reason Middlebury has reached such heights in 
popularity and respect is that this focus on the 
physical good health of the world is now 
recognized as extremely important, and in 
jeopardy. In the ’50s we took a healthy world for 
granted. Now we know we can’t, and without it, 
none of us may survive. Plus, of course, the really 
lively, bright, fun people who, thank heavens, 
have remained friends all these many years.” # 
Dick Wollmar comments, “My experience was 
absorbing a superb liberal arts education, which 
was followed by continuing education at Cornell 
and a diversity of careers. The result has been a 
joyous journey through life with an unwavering 
faith in God.” From Frank Punderson: 

“With lovely Vermont as the venue, combined 
with the rich experience of attending Middlebury 
College, I returned and spent nearly my entire life 
in the area.” Dave Corey says, “The fond 
memories of those four years are still with me 
today and, more than a footnote, those years led 
to working for the College for two years, which 
was an equally memorable experience, enjoyable 
and productive.” Jojo Kittell Corey reflects, 
“The wonderful experience, long-lasting 
friendships, and the actual knowledge I gained are 
all very tangible. But when I really think about it, 

I acquired a love of learning at Middlebury that I 
hope I was able to transmit to my students 
through the years I taught.” From Bruce 
Byers: “First, had I not attended Midd 55 years 
ago, I would not be married to my one and only. 
Secondly, my college education was, for me, a 
starter—after a long while, I began to understand 
why I was there, having wasted about the first 
year and a half, and I began to think and learn, 
which helped me, no doubt, to gain admission to 
Cornell Law where I then started to think legally. 
So Midd was directly responsible for my legal 

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career of 50 years and all that goes along with that. 
Finally, the relationships that started on campus 
59 years ago have been kept alive because of the 
College’s great alumni efforts, such as 
Homecoming, reunions, and Alumni College, 
and they form many of the most dear relationships 
that Sue and I continue to nurture and enjoy.” 
Sidney Brock Gates says, “My Middlebury 
experience laid the foundation for a marvelous life 
filled with lasting friendships and an education 
that contributed to my usefulness in the 
community. My major in fine arts gave me a 
good enough background so that I was able to 
obtain a job at the Denver Art Museum for two 
years, followed by a family, and over 50 years of 
volunteer work. Today my art interests are still my 
foremost priorities as I paint, am a volunteer art 
teacher, and enjoy art exhibitions as well as the 
theater. And did I learn to have fun at 
Middlebury? You betcha!” Kathy Hughes 
von Hartz says, “Pardon Tillinghast gave me a 
lifelong interest in European history and Prof. 
Marti taught me enough French in two years to 
give me a solid grounding in that language. 
Thanks to the two of them I spent almost four 
years in Europe and much later became interested 
in the history of India, Asia, and South America 
and traveled there to quench my curiosity. Midd 
enriched my life.” John von Hartz remem¬ 
bers, “When I think back on our Middlebury 
days, certain sentences from professors and certain 
reflections often emerge. The sentences are 
seemingly simple, but somehow memorable: In 
our first class Prof. Hitchcock announced, ‘This 
class is zo-ology, not zoo-ology. Anyone who says 
zoo-ology doesn’t know what they’re talking 
about.’ In economics, Prof. Smith led off by 
saying, ‘Everything on this earth is owned by 
someone.’ Of course, there was Doc Cook telling 
you how a great American novel would ‘take the 
top of your head off.' And our all-time favorite, 
Tilly (Pardon Tillinghast) bouncing around in the 
Munroe Hall auditorium exhorting his class in 
Intellectual History in imitation of Napoleon 
rallying his troops to follow him to invade Egypt, 
the exertion causing the rotund professor to dance 
precipitously along the edge of the stage. And 
there were the fellow classmates, many of whom 
became lifelong friends. Others grew closer to us 
over the years through shared experiences, 
common interests, and renewed college activities 
like Alumni College and reunions.” Carlene 
Snyder Howland reflects, “The few years at 
Middlebury were growing years. Because of the 
challenges that were thrown at us, I learned I 
could handle them and feel confident that I could 
tackle anything that came along. My studies in 
geography helped me greatly as we moved around 
the world living in different countries, and the 
French I studied has definitely been put to good 
use over the 55 years. I am proud and happy to be 
a Middlebury alum.” * From Ed Janeway: “It 
gave me a greater appreciation of the values of 
higher education applied to real life and real 
world experiences. This did not stop with the 
classroom, but had meaning in all facets of my life 
impacting the individual, family, and commu¬ 
nity.” Correspondent Sally Dickerman Brew 
adds a final note: My good co-correspondent, 
Toni Lamson. has done his five years’ time and 
will be replaced by John Baker. No one jumped 
up when I asked at the reunion who would like to 
take over my place so looks like I will be 
beseeching all of you over the next five years to 
send me tidbits about your activities, trips, family. 

fun, interests, and special hobbies. 

—Class Correspondents: John M. Baker (jmbaker@, 76 Spooner Hill Rd., South Kent, CT 
06785 ; Sally Dickerman Brew (sdbrewl @mindspritig. 
com), 629 Benvenue Ave., Los Altos, CA 94024 . 

News flash: Our 55th reunion will 
be next June 3—5 and we will be 
headquartered at Gifford. Much more informa¬ 
tion to follow as the year unfolds. * Here is news 
from our classmates: Barbara and John Chase 
recently took a trip to Vermont to see son Bruce 
’83 and family. They have three grandchildren off 
to college this year with eight more to go! 

They’re enjoying life in a retirement home and 
were planning a trip to Eastern Europe this 
October. They’re looking forward to the 55th. 

We heard from Lee Goodrich Tupman, who 
had some interesting ideas for reunion, which we 
really appreciate. Dick Catlin also offered some 
reunion possibilities as well as some news. He has 
seen “Mo” (Marita Mower Tasse. we presume) 
and Jeanne (Savoye Breeden, we’re guessing), 
Judy and Guy Cote, and Mark and Nancy 
Warner Benz in his travels. His granddaughter 
graduated from Northfield Mount Hermon. 

The Middlebury College Alumni Art Show was 
held May-July at the Edgewater Gallery in 
Middlebury, and Sally Thomson Clark told us 
that she, her son Tim ’85, and Mary Anne 
Thorne Lewis exhibited their paintings. She and 
Mary Anne had fun reconnecting and reminisc¬ 
ing about the Arthur Healy days via e-mail. Sally 
and husband Tom are doing well, still enjoying 
their lives between the Adirondacks and 
Savannah, Ga., and “can’t wait for the 55th when 
we will be really old!” From Illinois Lynne 
Atherton writes, “I celebrated my 75th birthday 
with a California Zephyr Amtrak trip to San 
Francisco with my daughter and grandchildren. 
We were all together eating birthday dinner in the 
dining car as the train crossed the Mississippi! I 
loved it. We’re working down our list of 
environmental improvements: energy audit for 
the house, no bottled water, hang laundry 
outdoors, water barrel, meatless Wednesday, etc. 
I’d be interested to hear what other classmates are 
doing. The first day of summer we celebrated 
with the purchase of a new Prius. So far, so great!” 
Way to go, Lynne. 1 From Ted Schwerdtle we 
hear: “Martha and I took a trip west to witness 
the amazing changes in our adolescent grandchil¬ 
dren. Two daughters each contributed a boy and a 
girl to the family (with help from a Korean 
adoption agency). A third daughter of mine (and 
of Diana Carlisle ’57) lives in Del Mar, Calif., 
with her two daughters adopted from Kazakhstan. 
We live a happy and busy life (biking, camping, 
church, art, gardening, supporting liberal- 
democratic causes). I love to go to Middlebury 
athletic games when they play in southern New 
England—tennis, hockey, football, lacrosse, what¬ 
ever—you will never see these contests played 
with more intensity for pure joy. When I go to 
the games alone, Martha takes the quiet time to 
create art. Anyone interested in keeping me 
company, please call 860.355.2348. Best wishes to 
all.” * The award for “Best Prepared” goes to 
Flip Terhune who writes, “Looking forward to 
the 55th reunion next June. In fact, Carol (Van 
Duyn) ’57 and I have already made our reserva¬ 
tions at the Middlebury Inn, which we are 
assured has been rehabbed totally. We gave up 
staying in the dorms 15 or 20 years ago as we have 

become very partial to a bathroom that is ‘ours, 
all ours.’ In the last two years I have had both 
knees replaced, which has knocked out virtually 
all travel, but we are planning a couple trips to 
Waterville, Maine, to visit son Jim ’86, VP of 
student affairs and dean of students at Colby 
College, and daughter-in-law Marnie 
(Cunningham) ’88 and two grandsons. Also hope 
to see Father Ron Lawson and Beth and Jack 
Kettell in Boston.” Speaking of Ron, he had a 

busy spring and summer. In April he attended the 
annual reunion of the veterans group known as 
ACICV (Army Counter-Intelligence Corps 
Veterans), of which he is the national chaplain, in 
Baltimore. In June he was in Oberammergau, 
Germany, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of his 
ordination to the priesthood. He was joined by a 
group of retired military friends, mostly 
Americans, but some British and Canadians. And 
then in July his family celebrated its periodic 
reunion in Calais, Vt., as descendants of George 
Washington Foster and Lovel Kelton, original 
settlers of central Vermont. He says, “It attracts a 
couple hundred distant cousins from all over—a 
very interesting group, and great fun to be with.” 

Richard Westfall sent an update: “I got 
remarried March 27 (my first wife Kathryn 
passed away in February 2009) and I now reside 
in Brandon, Vt. It’s great living near Middlebury 
again to enjoy the many cultural events. Ruth 
and I were married by the new pastor of the 
Middlebury Congregational Church where we 
both are members.” ‘ Keep the 55th in mind and 
we will keep you informed. 

—Class Correspondents: Dick Powell (repowell 55 @, 13518 Ryton Ridge Ln., Gainesville, VA 
20155 ; Judy Phinney Stearns (, 
53 Carriage Dr., Glastonbury, CT 06033 . 

Nancy Brown McCormack 

reminds classmates that there’s always 
a good time to be had in the seacoast 
area. Last spring Liz O’Donnell Wallace, 
Patricia "PDQ Quinlan Dawson, Jerry and 
Polly Pitcher Gabriel, Judy Jacobson Kehs ’60, 
and Nancy gathered for dinner and a play in 
Newburyport, Mass., and had a great time. 
Martha Johnson Moore writes of taking her 
18-year-old granddaughter to spend a week in 
Paris as a high school graduation present. They 
loved seeing the sights, browsing the bookstalls, 
and sitting in cafes. They attended a wonderful 
classical concert in Sainte-Chapelle and enjoyed a 
picnic of bread, cheese, and wine in Luxembourg 
Gardens. Marty suspects her granddaughter was a 
Parisian in a former life—hard to mobilize in the 
morning but ready to go at night! (Isn’t that 
teenagers worldwide?) Marty had another 
fascinating experience last spring when she 
accompanied a friend to Chisinau, Moldova, for 
the Baha’i wedding of her friend’s son. Bob and 
Gerry Raymond Custer played tour guides for 
son Jonathan and family from Albuquerque on a 
trip around Oregon, which included Wildlife 
Safari, Crater Lake, theater in Ashland, the 
redwoods in Crescent City, and the seacoast. * 
Classmates and friends of Sabra Harwood Field 
congregated May 15 in Woodstock, Vt., fora 
memorial celebration of the life ofSabra’s husband 
Spencer, who died in Hawaii earlier in the month. 
We remember Spencer’s love of life and passion for 
skiing and sailing. Our sympathy goes out to 
Sabra. Sadly, we must also report that Bruce 
Hathaway passed away on April 12. Our 
sympathy is sent to his family. An obituary will 

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appear in a future issue. Andrew ’55 and Flora 
Fisher Sigourney sent a note saying they are 
both retired and living on the Massachusetts shore. 
Their daughter and family, including two 
grandsons, live a half-mile away and their son and 
family, with two grandsons, live 30 miles south of 
them. ♦ Sadly we report the death of Charlie 
Palmer on July 7. Classmates celebrate Charlie’s 
life — his contagious enthusiasm, his memorable 
nicknames for friends, his passion for the Sox and 
his loyalty to the College. We send condolences 
to his beloved wife Pat Judah Palmer and 
daughters Susan ’89 and Sandy 92. An obituary 
will appear in a future issue. 

— Class Correspondents: Gail Bliss Allen (gballen@, 1500 4 th St., Apt. 15 , Sacramento, CA 
95814 ; Kathy Platt Potier (, 

1945 Park Plaza, Lancaster, PA 11601 . 

Janet Miller McKee writes, “After 
42 years of living in Dublin, Ireland, 
husband Ian and I have moved to 
Seattle, Wash. We have three sons and now nine 
grandchildren.” We recently learned that John 
Keresztesy passed away on February 24. Our 
sympathy is sent to his family and an obituary 
will appear in a future issue. * Check out a photo 
of Mary Stein Dominick at the Downhill 
Divas Week on page 74. 

— Class Correspondents: Joseph E. Mohbat 
(, 551 Pacific St., Brooklyn, NY 
11217 ; Ann Ormsbee Frobose (, 
2370 Meadowlark Dr., Pleasanton, CA 94566 . 

Jean Bybee Vlahos writes, “John 
and I directed and appeared in the 
Gilbert and Sullivan operetta Trial by 
Jury. Never having directed, we were asked to do 
so because of our experience singing with the 
Lamplighters, San Francisco’s 57-year-old G&S 
company. The sponsoring organization was for a 
women’s club I belong to, Town and Gown, 
founded in Berkeley in 1898. John played the 
judge and I was a 71-year-old bridesmaid! It 
turned out well in three full-house performances. 
Recently we rented a house on the Russian River 
near Healdsburg, Calif., where we (and family) 
celebrated our 45th wedding anniversary. With us 
were our two sons, their wives, their nine-month- 
old baby boys born nine days apart, and our 
daughter with Emma (10) and Theo (6). We 
cooked together, played in the river, enjoyed 
reading and talking on the decks, and sang 
accompanied by Jamie on the ukulele and 
Jonathan on the guitar. It was simply too much 
happiness! We spent most of the summer at Lake 
Almanor in Northern California; we also went to 
Yosemite’s High Camps with one son and 
daughter and her boyfriend in July. Altogether a 
wonderful life.” Don Freeman and wife 
Margaret returned to Heath, Mass., in 2002 from 
teaching jobs in L.A. Don is singing in a madrigal 
group in Amherst and taking voice lessons in 
hopes of restoring his standing as a “whiskey 
tenor.” Don was pleased that his local church did 
not check his Midd background, as he’s serving 
the church as a deacon and choir member. * 

From May to July Eleanor Vinke Sweeney 
exhibited her photography as part of a College 
alumni show called “Into Their Own” at the 
Edgewater Gallery in Middlebury. Bruce 
MacIntyre relayed the sad news that his wife of 
49 years, Jackie, passed away after suffering head 
trauma following a fall on a morning walk in the 
Bahamas. Russ Miller has recovered from 

some serious lung surgery but is now a supernurse 
caring for Dotie, who recently underwent rotator 
cuff surgery. * Since a number of classmates are 
considering moving to retirement communities 
or have already done so, we invited Granthia 
Lavery Preston to comment on her experience. 
She wrote, “On December 22, 2009, Fred and I 
moved to Kendal at Hanover, a Quaker-founded 
nonprofit life care facility in Hanover, N.H. We 
registered 10 years ago with the intention of 
entering in 2010; here we are and we love it. The 
actual move from a house to a two-bedroom 
apartment involved much work and many 
decisions, but I’m glad that’s behind us. Living 
with less clutter is a freeing experience. The 400 
people here (including Carol and Jim Armstrong, 
former Middlebury president) are wonderful, fun 
and stimulating. We have a full fitness center, 
pool, aerobic and yoga classes, and trails and 
canoeing on adjacent protected environmental 
areas right on the Connecticut River. Dartmouth 
professors give lectures at Kendal, and the 
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Hospital has a clinic and 
full-time physician on site. All our needs are met; 
some describe the experience as living on a cruise 
ship. It’s easy now to visit kids and grandkids in 
San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and London. I 
urge classmates to plan for the senior years; it’s the 
greatest gift you can give your children. The hard 
part is choosing a retirement community, 
downsizing, and physically making the move, but 
the younger you are, the easier it is. In April as a 
treat to myself for completing the move, I joined a 
childhood friend on a 280-mile raft trip though 
the Grand Canyon. Now that’s something else I 
recommend!” During a recent visit to Eric 
Lorentzen’s home in Paradise Valley, Ariz., 
Ginny Schlosser Vaules enjoyed seeing Eric’s 
collection of Russian Impressionist art, which she 
describes as “amazing.” When asked whether we 
might mention his art collection in class notes, 
Eric commented, “Five years ago I summited 
Kilimanjaro with my 16-year-old in four days up 
the Western Breach. Now that would have been 
worth bragging about!” In the spring Nancy 
McKnight Smith and Ann Biggar Prewitt 
traveled for a week in England and Belgium; also 
Nancy Smith and Nancy Smoller Le Floch 
spent a week in Belgium. Fred Swan and his 
wife continue their trips, which found him in 
Israel and Jordan this past spring. They were 
planning a late summer trip to Tuscany with 
emphasis on art works in Florence. Lucy 
Paine Kezar and husband Randy are Univ. of 
New Hampshire marine docents, teaching people 
of all ages about aspects of marine and associated 
environments. Docent activities include 
acquainting schoolchildren with saltwater and 
seaside plants and animals and offering land and 
sea instructional tours. Lucy sings with the 
Docents’ Chantey Singers. Her other volunteer 
activities include playing violin with a chamber 
group, singing in a chorale and a choir, and 
leadership in Toastmasters International. Lucy 
coaches and trains, part time, in public speaking 
and other communication skills. 

—Class Correspondents: Lucy Paine Kezar 
(, 134 Main St., 
Kingston, NH 03848 ; Andy Montgomery 
(, 8910 Hilloway Rd., Eden 
Prairie, MN 55347 . 

Your classmates came from near and 
far to celebrate the 50th reunion of 
the Class of i960. The near folks 

included Pat Knox Davies (Weybridge), who 
organized an afternoon of tennis; Ed Sommers 
(Middlebury), who used his local knowledge of 
the Ralph Myhre Golf Course to run an 
outstanding tournament; and Pete and Jean 
Emrich Battelle (Williston), who led a hike on 
the Trail Around Middlebury. The far folks we 
reconnected with included Laurie and Dave 
Barenborg (Seattle), and Tony ’59 and Jane 
Collins Garcia, and Dud ’59 and Nona Lyons 
Livingston (all from Montana). Denny Frasche 
(North Carolina) and Bob Cain (Florida) hadn’t 
been back since our 25th. Heike and George 
Koenig (New York) promised not to wait 
another 25 years before returning. We visited 
with Helmut and Sandy Ferry Ammon 
(Wisconsin), John Howard, Ken Haupt, and 
Mike Closson (all California), Jan Fisher 
Barstad (Arizona). Lee Vancini (South 
Carolina), and Phil Caruso and Lars Carlson 
(both Florida). John Rogers (Georgia) 
conducted our moving class memorial service on 
Friday morning with Linde Hill Reed 
(Colorado), Carolyn Ladd DeVilbiss (Virginia), 
Mike Robinson and Pieter Schiller (both 
Massachusetts), and Dave Klock (Vermont) 
participating. We want to applaud Dave’s clarinet 
performance of “Variations on Amazing Grace.” 
Sadly, our latest loss is Frank Sanel in Plymouth, 
Mass., on April 15. Ike Krasts (Texas) traded 
fishing stories with Bruce Richards (Colorado). 
Bruce led an excellent panel discussion concern¬ 
ing “Advanced Directives.” Also among the 
long-distance travelers were Russ Heaton 
(Colorado), Libby Kelley and Josie Vogel 
Wolk (both Michigan), James and Louisa 
Pottsy” Potts Salmon (Pennsylvania), Bette 
and John Gilwee (Ohio), and Bruce and Genie 
Cannon Burnham (Georgia). Charlie Rand 
(Virginia) and Lee Farnham (New Jersey) 
played tennis like pros. Judy Neese Woods 
(New Mexico) had a book signing in the College 
bookstore. As for our class gift, our thanks go 
to Pete and Jean Emrich Battelle and to Breck 
and Sue Hibbert Lardner and to all of you who 
contributed. Our class won three awards: the 
Governor McCullough Reunion Cup for the 
highest percentage of active alumni at reunion; 
the Raymond A. Ablondi ’52 Cup for the largest 
class gift; and the Armand N. LaFlamme ’37 Cup 
for the highest participation of contributors in a 
class other than post-50th classes. * 
Congratulations go to Jane Bryant Quinn who 
received the Alumni Achievement Award and 
discussed her new book, Making the Most of Your 
Money, NOW; and to Mike Robinson and Jean 
Seeler-Gifford, who were awarded Alumni 
Plaques for their service to the College. Most 
importantly, our great thanks go to Vcevy and 
Jane Cram ’61 Strekalovsky, who once again 
hosted a class dinner under a huge tent at their 
home away from home in Weybridge. If you were 
not there, talk to your classmates and come back 
in 2015. * More on reunion will be in the next 
Middlebury Magazine. We had a great time 

—Class Correspondents: Jean Seeler-Gifford 
(, 1529 Steeple Ct., Trinity, 
EL 34655 ; Vcevy Strekalovsky (, 
47 Fearing Rd., Hingham, MA 02043 . 

Lee Leonard sent in a wonderful 
news article about “Zip" (otherwise 
known as Bert Vonderahe), who is a former 

64 Middlebury Magazine 

landscaper and a “perfect lawn” fanatic. Gender 
neutrality aside, Zip is quoted as saying, “My wife 
and I have an unwritten agreement: the outside is 
mine and the inside is hers. I don’t want her 
messing with my lawn or beds, and she doesn’t 
want me messing in her kitchen.” Lee says he sees 
Zip frequently at the local general store 
(Reynoldsburg, Ohio, vicinity) where “Zip 
works part time. He stocks the beer and wine and 
I buy!” Karin Kosoc. who now lives in 
Kailua, Hawaii, wrote a letter to our class in 
response to Steve Cranipton's death, including a 
lovely poem. She says, “When I wrote and spoke 
to Steve about compassion and the many 
difficulties inherent in campus life, he responded 
with great empathy and character, which I’m sure 
is the way he lived his life.” If anyone would like a 
complete copy of Karin’s letter and/or poem, 
please e-mail Holly. We’re sorry to report that 
Matthew Shipman died on May 8. The class 
sends its sympathy to his family. An obituary will 
appear in a future issue. To those of you who 
have been out of touch with fellow classmates, 
please let us hear from you this year in anticipa¬ 
tion of our 50th reunion. 

—Class Correspondents: Linda Place Kasvinsky (lyn., 660 Ring Rd., Waterbary Center, VT 
05677; Holly McKenzie (, 520 
Tottingham Rd., Shoreham, VT 05770. 

Cindy Cooper Bracken sent news 
about celebrating her 70th birthday 
with a family reunion: “Our 
Wyoming celebration in June was great fun, ’tho 
physically demanding. Lauren and I enjoyed our 
Elderhostel week, but the weather was itfy with 
rain or snow each day, at least part of the day. We 
wore our warmest things and were very happy to 
have winter hats and gloves! I called the rest of 
the family and suggested they bring only their 
warmest clothes. Good thing they didn’t pay close 
attention as the week they were there was lovely 
and warm! Plus Lauren and I were about 2,000 
feet higher, which had some effect. We even had 
to scrape snow off a car one morning so that we 
could drive to a ranch where we had an 8 a.m. 
horseback ride. We rode high up and all the trees 
and the ground were snow covered—very strange 
sensation in June! Some of our activities were 
repeated with the family, but they were such fun 
that we didn’t mind. We rode, white-water rafted, 
had a scenic raft trip in the evening, attended a 
rodeo, climbed Mt. Rendezvous, hiked, and spent 
a day in Yellowstone. The house I’d rented was 
excellent for our group of 10 and we enjoyed 
watching moose munch on our neighbors’ 
greenery! My flower gardening has kept me very 
busy, but I manage some kayaking, sailing, 
exercising, and reading, and of course, keeping 

—Class Correspondents: Jndy Bosworth Roesset 
(, 8809 Mariscal Canyon Dr., 
Austin, TX 78759; Liza Dunphy Fischer (bfisch@, 11630 Center Rd., Bath, MI 48808. 

Correspondent Chris White 
reports: At this writing, summer is 
upon us. Folks are out and about so 
it’s been difficult making contacts. Ted 
Crockett has retired from being controller of 
Greenrock Corp. ofTarrytown, N.Y., and he 
enjoys skiing at Belleayre Mountain and sailing 
on the Hudson River, where he keeps his boat in 
Croton-on-Hudson. He maintains contact with 
Courtney Bird via Facebook. Ed Hand 

continues to practice as an attorney in Rancho 
Santa Fe, Calif., where he enjoys “rural life.” * 
Carolyn Smith Kehler of Woodstock, Vt., has 
retired as a realtor and as a Vermont state 
representative, but still does volunteer work for 
the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation. In 
the winter she enjoys cross-country skiing around 
Pomfret. In addition she is an active paddle tennis 
player and enjoys attempting to keep up with four 
grandchildren. Sally McPherson Myles and 
husband Mark have been on a world tour over the 
years via house swaps in such places as Scotland, 
Paris, Switzerland, New Zealand, Thailand, and 
Italy. Anyone looking to gain a new world 
perspective should give her a call. She, too, is 
being a busy grandma both at home in Stow, 

Mass., and on Peaks Island, Maine. Larry 
Silvester retired from commercial mortgage 
work, but keeps busy working with a halfway 
house in Miami, Fla., helping former federal 
prison inmates reenter society, while doing 
consulting work part time for a start-up 
commercial realty corporation. From time to 
time he has had contact with Dan Donaldson 
who still lives and works in Buffalo, N.Y. 

Sabin Streeter retired from the investment 
world in 1997. He does considerable volunteer 
work and continues to be in touch with John 
Angier. Mark Cangiano, Bill Delahunt, and 
Jack Kytle. Hope Tillman has retired as 
director of libraries for Babson College and now 
keeps busy managing several Web sites. She 
winters on Sanibel Island, Fla., and summers on 
Star Island, Maine. She also strives as a grandma. 

Mike and Carol Hood Henderson have both 
retired from the linguistics dept, of the Univ. of 
Kansas and are in the throes of remodeling their 
home in Lawrence, Kan., to make it more 
accessible. Dates Fryberger continues his 
one-man show as an architect in Sun Valley, 

Idaho. Like others, he also works at grandparent¬ 
ing and keeping his energy levels up. He keeps 
sane by hunting, hiking, fishing, and skiing and 
reports he has taken up the new sport of skim 
boarding in Florida. Wow, he has not lost the 
drive he and brothers Bob and Jerry demonstrated 
on our hockey team. The July issue of the 
Maine magazine has a nice photo ot Davis and 
Louise Gulick ’64 Van Winkle. They have 
passed along directorship of the girls’ camp 
Wohelo on Sebago Lake to son Mark ’91 and wife 
Quincy. I’m sorry to say that Russell Barnum 
passed away on April 2. Our sympathy is sent to 
his family. An obituary will appear in a future 
issue. Correspondent Jan Brevoort Allen- 
Spencer writes, “I’ve been singing with the New 
York Choral Society since 1993 and in addition to 
the thrill of performing in Carnegie Hall and at 
Lincoln Center, I have enjoyed summer chorus 
tours as far-ranging as Scandinavia, Israel, Greece, 
and China. On this summer’s tour I revisited 
several places I saw over 40 years ago—including 
Oaxaca and Mexico City.” We hope all is well 
with you. Please pass along ideas to Chuck and 
Sue Handy Burdick for our 50th reunion. 

—Class Correspondents: Janet Breuoort Allen- 
Spenccr (, 2 
Arizona PI., Huntington Station, NY 11746; 
ChristopherJ. White (, 347 Duck 
Cone Rd., Bucksport, ME 04416. 

M Sadly, two members of our class 

have passed away. Helen Gordon 
Rolfe died on July 6 and Gus 
Fowler died on July 10. Guy Fowler, Gus’s 


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brother, sent word that Gus passed away at Guy’s 
home in Williamsburg, Va., from complications 
of lung cancer. At Midd, Gus was a member of 
Chi Psi fraternity. After graduation he lived in 
Kentucky, where for many years he managed the 
family farm. Our sympathy is sent to both Gus’s 
and Helen’s families. Obituaries will appear in 
future issues. * In just a few years we will be 
celebrating our 50th reunion. It would be nice to 
try to get as many classmates as possible to return 
for it and one way to get people interested is 
through our connections in class notes. We need 
someone to step forward as a class correspondent 
to help Marian Demas Baade contact folks for 
news. If you feel you could help out, please let 
Marian know or contact the alumni editor, Sara 
Marshall, at or 

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802.443.5650. The College is also trying to 
connect people through Facebook, so if you’d like 
to set up a 1964 page, let Sara know. 

—Class Correspondent: Marian Demas Baade 
(, 4 Red Rock Rd., New City, 

NY 10956 . 

Our 45th reunion was terrific. We 
missed those of you who were not 
there, and we had a wonderful time 
with those who were! During Convocation, 
President Liebowitz reflected on the experiences 
our class had during our four years at Midd: Bay 
of Pigs, Beatlemania, JFK’s assassination, Martin 
Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, 
escalation in Vietnam, new ski trails at the Snow 
Bowl—from the ridiculous to the sublime, the 
frightening to the inspirational, our four years 
were indeed memorable. Co-chairs Peter 
Holcombe and Andy Johnson Perham put 
together quite a weekend, which about 75 people 
attended, and the class gift committee worked 
hard to get us to an admirable 61 percent 
participation. ’ Our own Randy Brock was the 
honored recipient of the Alumni Achievement 
Award; Randy earned a master’s from Yale, served 
in Vietnam, started up a security business, which 
he sold, became an executive VP of Fidelity 
Investments, now serves on the board of the U.S. 
Military Academy at West Point, and is a 
Vermont state senator. He regaled us about life as 
an elected official: he has eaten lots of barbecued 
chicken, milked cows, tossed cow chips, marched 
in parades (doesn’t like walking behind the 
livestock!), made speeches, shaken hands, worked 
tirelessly in Montpelier to effect progress, 
campaigned hard, and listened, listened, listened 
to his constituents. He sports an American flag 
lapel pin. We also were educated, informed, 
and entertained during a well-attended panel 
discussion on geriatric life led by our very own 
Dr. Jed Maker (ob/gyn), Nancy Sherman 
Walker (social work), and Dr. Pete Delfausse 
(psychiatrist). No, there is no cure for aging; it’s 
inevitable. But! There are “Things We Can Do.” 
Jed stressed exercise for endurance, strength, 
flexibility, and power; the combination helps to 
decrease stroke, colon cancer, and arthritis while 
increasing metabolism and memory. Nancy 
talked about cognitive functioning enhancers: 
exercise body and mind—learn a language, dance, 
play an instrument, keep up a good social 
network, and practice patience, pacing, and 
perspective. Pete told us about the four A’s of 
stress: Avoid stress, Alter the stress, Adapt to 
stressors, Accept the stressor (or change the 
situation or your reaction to it!). We were also 
reminded to evaluate our actions as being 
meaningful, of worth to someone else, or 
enjoyable to ourselves. There were some very 
good jokes, not suitable for a family magazine; 
you had to be there to laugh, and laugh we did! * 
Perhaps there truly was a contest between 
fraternities at our reunion to see which house 
could claim the most attendees, but whatever the 
reason, there were a lot of men. From all over the 
country they came representing DU, Chi Psi, Sig 
Ep, ATO, DKE, and Slug, as well as the 
independents. There was a preponderance of 
Sigma Kappas among the women as well as a 
number of independents. * Our focus and 
directions change as we trundle along on our 
journey; perhaps one could mark the milestones 
by our reunion years. As young alums we picked 
up where we left off from our Midd years. 

questing and questioning; then we added dreams, 
schemes, and great plans as we added family 
members and careers. By the 25th we laughed a 
lot, partied, happily bragged, and confessed to 
untold escapades; family concerns and health 
issues began creeping into our conversations. 

Now at our 45th our children are launched, our 
lives have settled in, our parents are leaving us, we 
are old enough for Social Security and Medicare, 
and once again we are questioning; this time the 
conversations are about our legacies, footprints we 
have made, and where we want to take our 
expertise and passions now that we have time to 
truly pursue matters close to our hearts. * Several 
of us are single; many of us came solo, leaving 
behind spouses who let us savor the weekend on 
our own, and a lot of us brought old spouses, new 
ones, and significant others who are game to 
throw their lot in with our Middlebury family. 
Among the frequently brave are Steve ’64 and 
Linda Buehl Brown; Dave and Alex Neely 
Robinson (all the way from Australia); George 
and Marguerite Dupuis Balaschak: Keith and 
Maris Swan Humphreys; Walt and Susan 
Tompkins Nichols; Deborah and Pete 
DeWolfe: Martha and John Hastings; Kathleen 
and Pete Holcombe; Mary Ann and Bob 
Eldred; Francis and Lorrie Barstow ’66 Love; 
Jane and Larry Mack: Rick ’66 andjudy 
Sheldon Mills; David and Andy Johnson 
Perham; Fred Stetson and Kate Pond; our 
emcee (who didn’t have to do the honors because 
of the rain but promised to do them for our 50th) 
Bill Mueller and wife Pam (Nottage) ’64; and 
Sunday brunch hosts at the Cornwall farm, Cy 
and “T” Tall. Pete and Lee Hall ’66 
Delfausse had to leave early so that Pete, still a 
practicing psychiatrist and fabulous dancer, could 
attend his opera rehearsal; Boynton and Barb 
Hazen Glidden came for a day. We were 
delighted to welcome new partners into our class: 
immigration attorney Martha Saenz and high 
school sweetheart Ted Turner; IT guru Ann 
Gruhn and Peter Franaszek, an avid mountain 
climber who was whisking Ann off to an 
adventure in the Dolomites; radiologist Beth 
Holmes Carter and husband Preston ’66—yes, 
we know them, but they made a rare appearance. 

Those here for the first time were Rosalie and 
Stan Thomas; fund-raiser extraordinaire Peter 
Branch and former-high-school-classmate-now- 
wife Debby; Terry Granger from Colorado with 
new wife Paula; equestrian Carol Burr with 
husband, published ornithologist (Carol did the 
illustrations!) Roger Lederer; a very happy Peter 
Glenn, delighted to be introducing wife Pam to 
Midd; George Birdsong, all the way from 
Newport Beach, Calif., with wife Jacqueline; and 
the newest spouse of all, Mike Lyons, who 
married Nancy Sherman Walker on May 8 of 
this year! Tana Sterrett Scott is still living in 
town and is active at the College; we were joined 
by Larry Gray, looking lean and fit; Steve 
Firestone, who has given up medicine in favor of 
skiing in Utah; and Fred Eppenberger. as well 
as Vermonters Chip Hart, who loves the glow 
that lingers on after a reunion, and Tim 
Hollander, who lives with wife Wendy in 
Middlebury. Attorney Mary Wilson is 
writing a book for paralegals, andjudy 
Couperus Radasch has left Wall Street to travel 
extensively, spend winters in Florida, and enjoy 
the charm of Litchfield, Conn. Ed Weissman 
was piercingly articulate, Paul Witteman still 
writes both succinctly and eloquently (and may 

relieve “T” of his secretarial duties), and Bob 
Parent sings in the Orthodox Church in San 
Francisco and laments the change in tone of the 
newly adjusted (screechy and tinny) Mead Chapel 
bells. Albie Reilly. Jim Hunt. John 
Kingman. Bob Royer. Joe McLaughlin. Phil 
Nelson. Mike McCann We were there! If you 
weren’t, please, please join us in 2015 for our 50th! 
—Class Correspondents: R.W. “T” Tall Jr. 
(, 204 Clark Rd., Cornwall, 

VT 05753 ; Polly Moore Walters (, 100 
Grandview Ave., Fort Collins, CO 80521 . 


Marilyn Keyes Barstow writes 
that she and husband Rich are 
loving life in the charming, historic town of 
Leesburg, Va. Part of Marilyn’s daily commute is 
a ride across the Potomac River on White’s Ferry. 
Then, after a drive on mostly country roads, she 
arrives at her publications management job at the 
Baldridge National Quality Program (part of the 
National Institute of Standards and Technology) 
in Gaithersburg, Md. She and Rich also love 
visiting fun places—the Galapagos Islands and 
New Zealand are their favorites so far—and 
family. “Son Bill ’88 is an artist in Talkeetna, 
Alaska, (think Northern Exposure), and his 
brother, Craig, is an army doctor stationed at Fort 
Bragg, N.C. Craig and his wife have two adorable 
little boys. My youngest child, Meghan ’94, after 
many years in Japan (parents, beware the 
influence of the Middlebury Schools Abroad 
program!), recently relocated to Washington, 

D.C.—whoohoo!” Fay Hauberg Page writes, 

“Our grandson, Nathaniel ‘Nate’ Stephen Page, 
was born February 5 in Dallas, Texas. Our son 
Ben went to Trinity Univ. in San Antonio and his 
wife, Stephanie Aimer, went to the Univ. of 
Texas. They live in north Dallas. Nat and I have a 
home on Bainbridge Island, Wash., west of Seattle 
by ferryboat, and one in La Quinta, Calif., during 
the winter months. I call us ‘rainbirds!’ ” * As 
you can see from our brief column this time, we 
can use your news! Please write us anytime— 
we’re eager to hear from you as we approach our 
45 th reunion next June. 

—Class Correspondents: Dianne Watson Carter 
(, PO Box 259 , Harvard, MA 
01451 ; Francine Clark Page (, 19 
Brigham Hill Ln., Essex Junction, VT 05452 . 

flip Steve Cornwell writes, “We 
B moved from Boulder to Frisco, 

Colo., when we retired in 2006. We 
enjoy summers and winters here and fall and 
spring on our sailboat, which is currently in the 
Bahamas.” Dave Tura writes. "Drew 
Otocka and I have been playing home and home 
member-guest golf tournaments this summer, and 
Paul Ford and I are in regular contact. Bill 
Mueller ’65 and I are involved in several business 
partnerships. Overall, things are good — for a 
newly enrolled Medicare guy.” * A faithful 
group of women ventured over to Carol Collin 
Little s Verondack Camp on Rainbow Lake 
Narrows in New York for our annual Women of 
’67 gathering near the end of August. This time 
we bonded over a gourmet Julia Child dinner, 
picking blackberries, sitting around stoves and 
campfires, and paddling on Adirondack lakes. It 
was all beautiful with the warmth of ever- 
strengthening friendships. Our group included 
our hostess Carol, our Julia Child chef Marion 
Boultbee. Helen Martin Whyte. Kathie 

66 Middlebury Magazine 

Towle Hession, Jervis Lockwood Anderson. 
Sue Rugg Parmenter, Clare Tweedy 
McMorris, and Susie Davis Patterson. Next 
fall we’ll meet in Stowe in September. If you’re 
not on the e-mail list to learn the date, let Susie 
know. Send us news and let Susie or Alex 
know if you’re willing to help out with our 45th 
reunion. Planning will start in the fall of 2011. 

—Class Correspondents: Susan Davis Patterson 
(sdp @alumni. mi (idle bur]f. edit), 61 Robinson Pkivy., 
Burlington, VT 05401 ; Alex Taylor (ataylorl 145 @, 215 Wells Hill Rd., Lakeville, CT 06039 . 

Danny Brown reports that he has 
been an independent art adviser 
since around 1985 and has built 
corporate and private art collections all across 
America, specializing in contemporary art from 
America’s regions, more than from its two coasts. 
He’s also the editor of an online art journal at, which friends might find 
interesting. Danny has also been curator of almost 
300 exhibitions, mostly in Greater Cincinnati, 
Columbus, and Kansas City. He’s probably best 
known as an art critic, having started publishing 
in the mid-1970s, and he has now published 
around 3,000 reviews, essays, memoirs, and 
cultural criticisms, as well as numerous catalogs 
for artists for their museum exhibitions. He says 
he’s had the great privilege of writing two 
catalogs for Middlebury College Professor 
Emeritus David Bumbeck, whose most recent 
exhibition closed in Cincinnati on June 25 and for 
which Danny served as the guest curator. Danny 
added that he has a serious illness, which began in 
1987—a degenerating condition in the spine and 
muscles—and thus, he’s no longer able to travel. 

He used to spend his summers in Vermont and he 
dearly misses that and regrets that distance has not 
allowed him to keep up with many Middlebury 
friends and acquaintances. However, he does see 
Tobi Gray Watson. Rob Orchard ’69, and John 
Van Leer ’69 from time to time. Danny says that 
he believes the education he got at Middlebury 
was as good as any he might have gotten 
anywhere, and it has sustained him in his writing, 
art curating, teaching, and thinking. Tobi 
Gray Watson reports that she and Kathy Mason 
Lindsey, Linda Mason-Smith, and Katy 
Gutschenritter Nicholson spent nine days in 
Tuscany on a self-guided walking trip from 
Montepulciano to Siena in June. They had beauti¬ 
ful scenery, grand food and wine, and found that 
their bodies were more than up to the task! They 
think that some more knowledge of Italian and 
art history would have been beneficial, but 
walking in that countryside was very special. J In 
June, Chris D’Elia, who is the dean of the LSU 
School of the Coast and Environment, testified in 
Washington, D.C., on “Ocean Science and Data 
Limits in a Time of Crisis: Do NOAA and the 
Fish and Wildlife Service Have the Resources to 
Respond?” He was asked to give his perspective 
on the existing gaps in observation data needed to 
predict the extent and trajectory of the Gulf oil 
spill. He testified before the Committee on 
Natural Resources and Subcommittee on Insular 
Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife. Jake Geer was 
one of several alumni who exhibited their art dur¬ 
ing a College alumni show called “Into Their 
Own” at the Edgewater Gallery in Middlebury 
from May to July. * We’re sorry to report that 
Bruce Lindemann died on May 31 of a heart 
attack. Bruce ran the family business, Meder 
Textile Co., in Port Washington, N.Y., for 40 

years. He leaves wife Louise (Martin) ’69, whom 
he married in August 1968 right after our 
graduation, as well as two children and two 
grandchildren. Bruce had been very active in Boy 
Scouting and served as an assistant scoutmaster of 
a local Boy Scout troop. He’d been a mentor to 
numerous young men, contributing to their 
achievements of becoming Eagle Scouts. Our 
sympathy is sent to his family and an obituary 
will appear in a future issue. 

—Class Correspondents: Ben Gregg (, 418 East St. NE, Vienna, VA 
22180 ; Barbara Ensminger Stoebenau (hstoebs@aol. 
com), 6 Timber Fare, Spring House, PA 19471 . 

As reported in the Harvard Business 
School Bulletin . David and Magna 
Leffler ’68 Dodge are no longer 
splitting their time between NYC and Vermont. 
They’ve moved full time to Plymouth, Vt., and 
are looking for property in Middlebury. ' Ginny 
Hopper Hoverman writes, “I’m still dancing up 
a storm in Zumba class, as well as taking 
Bodypump and yoga classes at Vermont Sun 
Fitness, where Jim works as a personal trainer and 
director of the fitness for life outreach program. 

I’m so lucky to have three grandchildren: 

Elizabeth (7) and Alex (4), children of daughter 
Heather ’95 and husband Phil, and Molly (1), 
daughter of son Chris and wife Katie. They are all 
adorable, engaging, and so much fun! I take 
advantage of every opportunity to stay with them 
and give the rents a chance to get out without 
their kids. I work as a business coach, enabling 
corporate employees to upgrade their communi¬ 
cation skills, effectiveness, and interpersonal savvy. 
It’s a good fit for me; it’s great to see people 
become motivated, reengaged, and productive for 
their organizations. My Web site is www.” ‘ Gov. Patrick of 
Massachusetts recently nominated Peter 
Montori as Clerk-Magistrate of the Housing 
Court, Western Division. He has been an 
employee of the Housing Court since 2004 and 
has served as First Assistant since 2007. He lives in 
Westfield, Mass. 

—Class Correspondents: Anne Harris Onion 
(, PO Box 207 , Gilmanton, 

NH 03231 ; Peter Reynolds (, 493 
Stillmeadow Ln., Addison, VT 05491 . 

John Stevenson writes, “I’m living 
in Castle Pines, Colo., with wife 
Beata and 17-year-old son Jordan. 

Still plugging away at the lapel pin production 
business that I started at the 1980 Lake Placid 
Winter Olympics. We moved to Colorado a year 
ago after 10 years in Sanibel Island, Fla. The main 
reason for the move was that the summer and early 
fall humidity in southwest Florida was not good 
for Jordan’s bronchial asthma. The dry air here is 
much better for him. We enjoy it here (lots of sun 
and mild temps). I’m still playing some tennis and 
mostly golf, and Beata and Jordan are avid skiers. I 
need a new left knee (this fall). I still go to Midd 
every September (since 1985) with Doug 
Monroe for the Alumni Golf Tournament, which 
we actually won in ’93. So many of my friends are 
retiring (including Bill “Stilt” Collins in Vero 
Beach, Fla.), but I’m holding out. It’s tough when 
you’re self-employed and have a son about to enter 
college. From Anne Keiser we heard, “At this 
stage of life my time is consumed with volunteer 
work, meaning identifying my passions and 
putting them to work whether for my home 

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community or in a more global sense. I serve on 
several boards that I find meaningful and fulfilling, 
such as World Wildlife Fund US, The Middle East 
Institute, and The Choral Arts Society of 
Washington, to name a few. I continue work as a 
freelance photographer, contributing to the 
National Geographic Image Collection, and am 
involved with several book projects. My book, Sir 
Edmund Hillary & the People of Everest, was 
published back in 2002 but I continue to have 
opportunities to speak to groups about this 
remarkable man and maintain a close connection 
to the Everest region of Nepal and the Sherpa 
people. We plan a return trip there next year to 
celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first school 
that Hillary built. It has also been great getting 
others inspired to go to Nepal and it looks like 

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classmates A1 Perry and maybe Rob Apple are 
gearing up to go. My husband, Doug Lapp, and I 
share a wonderful blended family with four special 
children/stepchildren and seven pretty amazing 
grandchildren. We continue our love of choral 
singing, travel, and time at our log cabin in the 
Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia outside 
Washington, D.C.” Paul Batiza says, “I’m still 
working in my beloved New Orleans, beautiful 
heart of the ‘who dat nation.’ Go Saints!” He was 
looking forward to seeing people at reunion. * 
Pam Penfold writes, “Life is good all around, 
especially not having to go to work after 38 years 
at the grind. I said my farewells to nearly 24 years 
editing the alumni magazine at the Univ. of 
Colorado on March 31, 2008. People often ask 
what I do with myself and I respond, ‘Whatever I 
want!’ This includes golf from here to Arizona and 
California. I installed a wee greenhouse so I can 
finally grow veggies at my 6,ooo-foot elevation, 
which has been great and yummy entertainment. 
When winter sets in I spend more time moving 
firewood than swinging clubs, although the local 
indoor virtual golf course lets me play Pebble 
Beach and other famous places. The stack of books 
I aim to read keeps growing, and friends and 
family keep me entertained. And I keep trying to 
remember the adage that ‘old’ describes people 
who have been around 10 years more than I have, 
but it’s hard when the golf ball doesn’t travel as far 
as it once did and the aches, pains, and arthritis 
slow me down. I hope life is good for my old 
Midd classmates. A recent study showed that 
happiness is contagious, so pass it on!” * For 
Judith Lelchook the first half of this year was 
challenging: “I completed my comprehensives to 
advance towards the Ph.D. in public policy. This 
time around, I’m less blissful than I was in 
journalism school: although I wasn’t very assured 
then either. I got my first letter printed in the New 
York Times —of course, it was in the online edition 
of the additional letters to the public editor. I was 
excited, but seeing it in the print edition would 
have been a bit more special. My niece, Ariel, will 
probably beat me to a Ph.D. She’s on her way to 
taking comps after a much shorter period. Youth!” 

Jim Hand reports, “I’m still a Chevrolet dealer 
as of the moment and glad for once I’m not a 
Toyota dealer! Marilyn (Frison) ’73 and I have 
made what is our last payment to Middlebury for 
tuition. We had three go through. Our oldest, 
Thomas ’05, was married in August of’09. His 
bride, Polly, is in grad school at Stanford. He 
operates an energy business in Vermont that 
evaluates buildings for efficiency and does 
remediation work as needed to them. Son Jamie 
’08 works for the Dept, of Energy in a lab in 
Washington State, doing research on thermal 
efficiency of buildings. Elizabeth graduated this 
past February and completed a teaching 
certification program at Middlebury Union High 
School.” A1 Perry sent this update: “I’m still 
the director of the VA Central California 
Healthcare System. We’re adding more staff and 
services to handle hundreds of injured returnees 
from Iraq and Afghanistan—sadly now America’s 
longest war. My major career thrill was in May 
receiving the Presidential Distinguished Rank 
Award at the State Department, in a ceremony 
hosted by a very charming Hillary Clinton, 
subbing for the president. It’s the nation’s highest 
award for federal executive service and came with 
enough of a bonus (no, not AIG-like) to at least 
upgrade my road bike! A perfect way to get in 
shape for ‘Rob and A 1 do the Himalayas Trek.’ ” 

* We regret to share the news that we have lost 
another classmate: Dave Frothingham passed 
away on April 16, after a three-year battle with 
cancer. An obituary will appear in a future issue. 

Your correspondents Nancy Crawford 
Sutcliffe and Beth Prasse Seeley enjoyed 
seeing so many classmates at our reunion in June! 
Nancy adds, “It was a terrific reunion weekend 
with a great chance to reconnect. It’s truly a special 
time-out-of-time moment. The high point for me 
was seeing my former housemate and good friend 
Rebecca Dale Post and husband Ken ’69. We 
hadn’t seen each other for 40 years. Time melted 
away and it seemed like only yesterday when we 
were such good friends living through the 
intensity of the late ’60s. It was a wonderful 
reconnection.” If you would like to see a video of 
our class being recognized at Convocation, go to and search Middlebury 1970 
Reunion. We’d like to thank Dave 
Desrochers for all his years as a correspondent. 

He stepped down after reunion. 

—Class Correspondents: Beth Prasse Seeley (beth@; Nancy Cranford Sutcliffe (ncrauford_ 
sutcliffe @comcast. net). 


Anne Yerpe Kavcic checks in from 
Oberehrendin, Switzerland: “My 
part-time job went the way of all such things in a 
downturn, so Boris and I have time to enjoy all 
the little things in life. We have taken up archery 
and continue to love our choir, which sings old 
music (Gregorian through Renaissance), as well 
as the Carol Choir, which meets for two months 
before Christmas. And yes, we will most likely be 
at reunion next year, although perhaps from 
Delaware! Plans are in the works to live there part 
of the year.” Drew Knowland writes, “I’m 
not getting younger or losing weight, but other 
than that, life is great! My wife. Marijane Tuohy 
’77 (sister of John Tuohy), and I have two 
children, Andrew (17) and Dorothy Anna (12). 

No empty nest here for a while, and no 
retirement, for that matter. College bills loom. 
This year was my eighth at Foster Dykema Cabot, 
a Boston-based investment management firm 
owned by classmate Brinck Lowery. We were 
joined in 2008 by a much younger Midd grad, 
Geoff Kuli ’93, who has reduced the gray-hair 
count in the firm by at least a third. Despite the 
stomach-churning conditions in the stock market, 
we’ve done pretty well and I enjoy the work and 
our clients.” Jane Lardner Lambshead 
assures us, “I’m coming to our 40th reunion— 
because I’ve retired from teaching! (Reunions 
always fell on the weekend before the end of 
school.) I’ve retired after 19 years of teaching first 
and second grades in Oak Park, Ill., where I live. 
The job had many rewarding aspects, but I’m 
relieved—and ready to relax and read and enjoy 
Chicago’s wonderful outdoor music offerings, and 
then relax and read, and then relax some more. 
Then get to a long list of overdue necessary and/ 
or fun projects, and travel.” Michael Kintner 
writes, “I always wanted to live on a tropical 
island. Three years ago wife Alecia and I and our 
then six-month-old twins, Delaney and Hayden, 
headed to Roatan, one of the Bay Islands of 
Honduras, where we built a couple of houses. We 
got to see Peter Wood and wife Ellen as they 
passed through on a diving trip. Roatan is located 
on the second-largest barrier reef in the world. 
Building houses on an island and raising infants 
and then toddlers in a primitive country is a great 

adventure. Wearing shorts and flip-flops to work; 
having the kids play with Hondurans, Canadians, 
Italians, and Germans; incredible sunsets, endless 
beaches, and a margarita or two made it all 
worthwhile. In June, we sold the houses and 
moved back to Connecticut. Time to go back to 
real jobs and the U.S. school system. To read 
more about our island adventure check out the 
blog,” * Commercial 
break: More evidence that Middlebury reunions 
are good for you comes from impartial observers 
Francie Marbury and Brent Seabrook 
Francie walked into our 35th reunion in 2006 and 
Brent greeted her with “Lookin’ good!!” Now 
you can find them skiing the Catamount Trail in 
Vermont, skating the canals at Winterlude in 
Ottawa, kayaking the rocky shorelines of New 
England, and hiking the mountains of Norway. * 
Ken and Nancy Stetson ’72 Remsen headed to 
Alaska in July for an adventure tour to celebrate 
their 60th birthdays. They planned to camp, hike, 
kayak, and climb on a glacier. Ken says, “In 
March 2011 we will be at Silver Star in British 
Columbia where I will ski in the World Masters 
Cross Country Championships. This is age-group 
racing at its best, and we had a great time in 2008 
when we went to McCall, Idaho.” Susan 
Secord reports in after many years: "After college 
and the usual entry-level jobs, I ended up 
working for an international education and 
training company in Boston. From there I came 
to Boulder, Colo., with my first husband and we 
started a computer-training center just as desktop 
computers were coming onto the market—a wild 
time to be in the industry! Marriage and our 
business didn’t work out, but I remained in the 
business world, eventually returning to running 
training programs for private industry. In my late 
40s I returned to school for a master’s in education. 
I’ve been teaching fourth and fifth grades in my 
neighborhood school for 11 years. I love that I can 
walk or bicycle to work and that I’m really 
connected to my community. I’m now working 
harder than ever, but it’s been way more satisfying 
than anything I did before. Twenty years ago I 
remarried. Husband Chris Hoffman is an 
organizational development specialist and a writer. 
Son Ben is in college at Lewis Sc Clark in 
Portland, Ore. Boulder has been a perfect place 
for us to be. It has a lively culture, lots of 
intellectual stimulation and is environmentally 
very progressive—all things that we value." * 

Our 40th is just months away now. Put it on your 

—Class Correspondents: Barbara Laudenslager 
Mosley (; Carolyn 
Ungberg Olivier (; Rob Waters 
(robwaters 7012 

Linda Manning Morris writes that 
she is at Dartmouth as the education 
program manager for the NSF- 
funded Ice Drilling Program Office. She works 
with scientists all over the country who are 
investigating climate change at the poles by 
analyzing historic atmospheres trapped in ice 
cores. Her job is to make their discoveries 
available to teachers and the public. This is a new 
field for her, as she spent most of her career in 
space science. With husband Chris ’70, Linda 
moved to New Hampshire about nine years ago, 
and they love being in the country again. * 
Catherine O’Neill Grace recently accepted a 
position as director of communication at Noble 
and Greenough School, an independent day and 

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boarding school for grades 7-12 located in 
Dedham, Mass. Previously, Catherine was 
employed part time at the Cummings School of 
Veterinary Medicine at Tufts Univ. as editor of its 
magazine and ran her own editorial consulting 
business. She reports, “Thinking about retire¬ 
ment? Not me. I’m thrilled with my new job 
overseeing publications, media relations, and the 
Web site at Noble and Greenough. It’s incredibly 
energizing to be in a school every day. I’ll still be 
doing editorial and writing work of my own, but 
in my changing business it’s great to have a 
full-time gig.” * The Maine Coast Heritage 
Trust awarded Lucy McCarthy with the 2009 
Espy Land Heritage Award, which is given each 
year to an individual or organization for 
exemplary conservation efforts. The executive 
director of the Vinalhaven Land Trust, Lucy has 
been building the trust into a community force 
for the past 15 years. She also chairs the Maine 
Land Trust Network Steering Committee. * 
Belmont Savings Bank, Mass., recently appointed 
Christopher Downs as executive VP for 
consumer lending. Previously he was at Citizens 
Financial Group. From May to July Fred 
Danforth had some of his pewter artwork 
exhibited at a College alumni show at the 
Edgewater Gallery in Middlebury. Daughter Bay 
is the gallery manager. 

—Class Correspondents: Jennifer Hamlin Church 
(; Evey Zmudsky LaMont 
(eveylamont@primetimetransition. com). 

Peter Lewis writes, “After nine 
years as the head of school at The 
Kew-Forest School in Forest Hills, 
N.Y., I moved on to become the head of school as 
of July 2009 at The Winston School in Short 
Hills, N.J. Winston works with students in grades 
3-8 who have language-based learning disabilities. 
My family moved from Queens (where we had 
moved from Santa Cruz, Calif., in 2000) to 
Summit, N.J., which is very close to my new 
work. My five children range in age from 13 to 
34; and only the 13-year-old is at home. Our 
20-year-old daughter is a junior at Bard College 
and is studying at Oxford this fall.” Marlboro 
College in Brattleboro, Vt., recently announced 
that Ariane Krumholz had been named the 
director of its Master of Science in Management— 
Health Care Administration program. She was 
previously serving as the director of quality 
improvement for Clinical and Support Options, a 
behavioral health organization in western 
Massachusetts. Anne Cady and Carol 
Crawford were two of several alumni who 
exhibited art at the College alumni art show 
called “Into Their Own” at the Edgewater 
Gallery in Middlebury. Anne showed her oil 
paintings, and Carol, her weaving. 

—Class Correspondents: Deborah Schneider 
Greenhut (; Andrea Thorne 
(andreathorne 8 

Barbara Good Mathews and 

husband Robert were recently 
profiled in the Concord (N.H.) Monitor 
in an article about their handmade custom 
footwear business. For 35 years they have been 
handcrafting shoes for customers looking for a 
product made specifically for their feet. Robert’s 
grandfather and father were shoemakers and 
passed the skills on to Robert. He, in turn, taught 
Barbara and their three children how to work the 
leather. The Mathews have their studio in a barn 

attached to their home in Deerfield, N.H. 

From May to July Kata Hull exhibited her 
paintings as part of a College alumni art show at 
the Edgewater Gallery in Middlebury. 

—Class Correspondents: Greg Dennis (gregdennisvt@; Bany Schultz King ( 

Here are some notes from our 35th 
reunion, which was impeccably 
orchestrated by Gordon Jamieson. 
Bob Bourque, and Caroline Sneath McBride: 

About 75 of our classmates made it back to 
reunion for a wonderful weekend. If you weren’t 
able to come, we missed you! For those of you 
who haven’t returned for some time there are lots 
of changes; our 40th (gulp!) is just around the 
corner. Gordon offers the following Ode to Our 
35th. “Arriving on campus/Food/Conversation/ 
Laughter/Beer on the Ross Commons terrace/ 
Jane Bryant Quinn/Bill McKibben/Food/ 
Conversation/Laughter/Walking campus and 
town with classmates/Conversation/Laughter/ 
Rain/Class pictures/Reunion parade/ 
Conversation/Laughter/Saturday night dinner/ 
Conversation/Laughter/Departure from campus.” 
♦ There’s lots of reunion news, commentary, and 
photos on Facebook. Look for Middlebury Class 
of 1975. ' With this issue Cris Cioffi and Rick 
Greene are stepping down as class correspon¬ 
dents. We thank them for their years of service. 
The new correspondents are Kevin Donahue 
( Nan Rochelle 
McNicholas (, and Joanne 
Scott ( Send them some news! 
—Class Correspondents: Cristine Cioffi (ccioffi@; Rick Greene ( 

Correspondent Gene O’Neill 
reports: I corresponded with John 
Lambert, who with spouse Kim Caldwell, lives 
in Maine and has three girls. John is still jabbing 
his finger into the chest of anyone foolish enough 
to stand close by for more than one minute. He 
practices law, complains of his age and its 
limitations, and when finished with his rant, 
speaks proudly of how much fun his children are. 
He wondered whence such wiseacres spring. He 
sends his regards to all. Karen Youtcheff 
Lewis writes, “I’m happy to report the gradua¬ 
tion of my two children, Kirsten (22) from Penn 
State and Ryan (24) from Temple. It’s hard to 
believe they are now graduated! We all celebrated 
with a trip to China to take part in my sister’s 
50th birthday there, and I realized my dream of 
walking on the Great Wall—something I’ve 
wanted to do since Midd days. We continue to 
enjoy life in Philadelphia.” Pam Marsh writes, 
“I’m still doing a general law practice in 
Middlebury, with a focus on juvenile law. 
Husband Larry and I are presently empty nesters 
—if you don’t count the five English setters (check 
out! We’ve raised two bio children 
and five long-term foster children, all of whom 
came to us as teenagers. I swear I am NOT going 
to teach another teenager to drive! We love to 
attend the Middlebury men’s hockey games, and I 
make regular use of the great natatorium. It’s 
great to still be part of the Middlebury commu¬ 
nity.” * I’ll try to send you all a postcard or an 
e-mail over the next few months to encourage 

you to write about life and your family right now. 

In other 1976 news, Angela Trice Borgia 
was featured in Father’s Day stories told on A dentist, she has been working 
with her dad in their dental practice in Erie, Pa., 
for 28 years. * Check out page 74 for a photo of a 
1976 mini-reunion. 

—Class Correspondents: Nancy Clark Herter 
(; Gene O’Neill (otis 3024 @ 

Ellen Bedichek reported in: “I got 
my winter magazine and was 
pleasantly surprised to see news of 
Barbara Kritchevsky, who was my roommate 
freshman year. It’s inspired me to check in myself 
from Richmond, Va., where I live with husband 
Mike Kelley and three children, ages 17, 15, and 
10. Being a mom is my major job. On the side, 

I’m a nephrologist (kidney doctor) in a private 
practice group. I don’t have much spare time, but 
still manage to play some tennis and spend 
occasional weekends on the Outer Banks of 
North Carolina. Nothing earth-shattering going 
on in my life, which is partly why I haven’t ever 
written. But I was up at Middlebury in summer 
2009 for only the second time since graduation, 
the last time being about 15 years ago. My oldest 
son, Stephen, was a high school senior, so we 
went up in August for his interview and tour. I 
was surprised at all the new buildings, but the 
beauty of Vermont does not change.” Jack 
Gill, who’s on the faculty of the Near East-South 
Asia Center for Strategic Studies in Washington, 
D.C., also taught a course on Indian defense and 
security issues as an adjunct at the Johns Hopkins 
School of Advanced International Studies last 
semester; on the avocational side, the third 
volume of his work Thunder on the Danube, a 
military-political history of Napoleon’s 1809 war 
with Austria, was published in the spring. 

Ellen Fairchild Martyn writes, “Many of you 
know that in 2008, I rode my bike across the 
country on the Southern Tier route. This summer 
I began my next adventure across the Northern 
Tier. On June 20, I started riding in Anacortes, 
Wash., and finished in Fargo, N.D. In 2011, I will 
complete the journey from Fargo to Bar Harbor, 
Maine. As before. I’m riding with a group of 
women over age 50, supported by WomanTours. 
Two years ago, I used my trip to raise $ 13,000 to 
support the National Breast Cancer Coalition 
Fund and the Brattleboro (Vt.) Music Center. 
Ironically, less than a year after I returned home 
in 2008, my mother was diagnosed with breast 
cancer. I cared for her for six months until she 
died on my birthday on October 9, 2009. Mom 
was my major supporter and behind-the-scenes 
champion of my first ride. For this ride I’m 
continuing to raise funds for the Music Center 
but I’m also fund-raising to support specific 
research being done at the Dana Farber Cancer 
Institute in Boston. With my daughter’s help (she 
works with women’s oncology grants at DFCI), I 
learned of the research of Dr. Jennifer Ligibel, 
who is studying the effects of exercise on breast 
cancer. She’s learning about how exercise can help 
prevent breast cancer as well as its recurrence in 
breast cancer patients. I hope that by my efforts on 
the bike, other women (and maybe even myself) 
can be spared the disease that took my mother’s 
life, my grandmother’s, my aunt’s, and those of 
many friends and acquaintances. You can read 
more about her research and about my ride on my 
blog (” Michael 

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Carrie Thompson '01 married Andre Shoumatof in Park City, 
Utah, on October 4, 2008. In attendance were (all '01 unless 
noted) Chris Herbert, Tory Jennings Diamond, Greta 
Simmons Herbert, the bride, Joan Weinberg Thompson 72, 
(second row) Rob Diamond (Midd spouse), the groom, 
Francisco Peschiera, and Erin Sussman Peschiera. 

On October 11, 2008, Laurie Koh '01 and Tabitha 
Lundberg were married at Tilden Regional Park in 
Berkeley, Calif. Middlebury friends who joined in the 
celebration included Jennifer Marder '01, Olivia Bradbury 
'01, the newlyweds, Rebecca Kaufman '01, and Allison 
Quady '02. Missing from the photo are Andrew '98 and 
Sarah Nichols Mowry '98 and son Will. 

Many Midd friends gathered in Short Hills, N.J., on April 18, 2009, for the wedding 
of Siobhan Redmond '06 and Michael Murphy '04. Celebrating at the Baltusrol 
Golf Club were Eric Smith '04, Hillary Brooks '06, the newlyweds, Jordan 
MacClary '05, Maggie Smith '04, J.D. Schaub '04, (second row) Anne Hambleton 
'84, Elizabeth Renehan '06, Alison Perencevich '06, Schuyler Winstead '06, Ashley 
Lyddane '06, Daisuke Yasutake '04, Courtney Campbell '04, Ben Tobey '04, (third 
row) Ryan Birtwell '04, Andrew Armstrong '04, Michele Bergofsky '06, Channing 
Weymouth '06, Damien Chaviano '04, Michael Kennedy '04, Dan Skoglund '05, 
(fourth row) Chip Campbell '06, Tyler Bak '06, Dave Coratti '04, Dave Nikiel '04, 
John West '04, Chris Matthiesen '04, Tim Collard '04, and John Dawson '04. 

Mary Tucker '01 and Stephen 
Arbuthnot were married in 
an English country wedding 
in Hertfordshire, England, on 
May 25, 2009. Midd friends 
who attended were Raegan 
Randolph Apostolatos '01 
and Leslie Thompson '05. 

The marriage of Justina Ngo '04 and Justin Knox '02 was 
officiated by Dean David Edleson at the Lilac Inn in Brandon, 
Vt., on October 18, 2008. Those who attended included Joe 
Golting '02, the newlyweds, Amanda Tompkins '04, Meg 
Starkey '04, (second row) Zoe Owers '02, Megan Sands '02, 
Dana Drummond '02, Prof Elizabeth Napier, Prof. David 
Stoll, Dean David Edleson, Justin Drechsler '02, Caitlin Corey 
Drechsler '02, Colin Apple '04, Kayte Spector-Bagdady '04, 

and Becky Kirkham '04. 

Sara Smith '04 and H. Dean Hosgood III were married on October 
11, 2008, at the Asticou Inn in Northeast Harbor, Maine. Friends 
who helped the couple celebrate included Kristy Laramee Kerin '01, 
Ali White '04, the newlyweds, Christopher Richards '04, Andrew 
Kimball '04, and Edwin Van Bibber-Orr '03. Missing from the photo 
is Peter Holm '86. 

On June 13, 2009, Marion Min '02 and Ethan Barron '01 were married 
at the Alerin Barn in St. lohnsbury, Vt. Many Midd friends joined 
them for the celebration: John Batalis '01, Laura Smith Batalis '04, 
Katie Mae Simpson '02, the newlyweds, Matt LaRocca '02, Heather 
Beal LaRocca '02, Jaed Coffin '02, Coach Nicole Wilkerson, track and 
cross country, Keith Wilkerson, college advancement, (second row) 
Drew Nichols '01, Kelly Jewell '02, Mindy Olson '00, Pete Park '02, 

Matt Noble '02, and Courtney Brocks '01. 

Anthony Civale '96 married Amy Martin on June 13, 2009, at 
Emmanuel Church in Newport, R.I. Midd friends who helped 
them celebrate later at the Rosecliff Mansion included (all '96 
unless noted) Justin Bennett, Owen Brainard, the newlyweds, 
(second row) David Janke, Greg Guido, AJ. Poor Murphy '98, 
Jeff Wesson, Walter Delph '97, Rich Lim, Kim Barnet Stokes, 
and Mike Stokes. 

At Los Poblanos in Albuquerque, N.M., Sam Goedecke '01 
married Lisa Duncan on June 13, 2009. Middlebury guests 
included (all '01 unless noted) Andrew Dutterer, Adam 
Taylor, Rafael Morales, Ben Jervey, Lanse Davis, (second 
row) Dave Arnold, Sashi Weiss, Pedro Zevallos, Matt 
Waxman, the newlyweds, Jake Mnookin, Carlos Lopez- 
Hollis, Maggie Goedecke '03, Jared Miller '02, Conor Darby, 
and Holcomb Johnston. 

Amy Roche '07 was married to John 
Sales '07 on June 27, 2009, at St. Patrick's 
Church with a reception following at 
Meadow Brook Club on Long Island, 
New York, with many Midd friends 
attending: Jess Cosmus '07, Elizabeth 
Emery '09, Elizabeth Stone '09, Elspeth 
Pierson Hay '07, Claire Smyser '07, 
Casey Harwood '07, Chandra Kurien 
'09, Clare Burke '09, (second row) Jocko 
DeCarolis '07, Bob Gay '61, Darwin Hunt 
'07, Brett Shirreffs '07, Doug Raeder '09, 
Travis Meyer '06, the newlyweds, Richie 
Fuld '07, Jed McDonald '08, Jonathan 
Sisto '06, Charlie Townsend TO, Marc 
Scheuer '04, Gabe Wood '06, and John 
Sullivan TO. 

Robyn Cook '02 married Mike Mazzotta '03 at the Oregon Garden on 
May 30, 2009. Joining them were Midd friends Mark Roche '02, Emily 
Greenstein '02, Katharine North '05, Leah Nickelsberg Shoaff '02, (second 
row) Kara Arsenault Deese '02, James Munro '02, Polly Lynn '05, the 
newlyweds, Claire Anderson '06, Melissa Cohen Mazor '03 with Ilan, 

Liz McColloch, MA French '09, (third row) Mike Romankiewicz '03, Mike 
Kirkland '04, David Molk '04, Mike Cooley '01, Jason Simmons '03, Baker 
Lyon '06, Marty Wesolowski '03, Josh Howe '02, Nathaniel Shoaff '02, and 
Matt Noble '02. Missing from the photo is Walt Burt '82. 

In Portland, Maine, Kristen Watson '03 married Daniel Hourihan 
(Holy Cross '03) on June 20, 2009. Midd grads in attendance were 
Barbara Totten Perkins '54, Robert Perkins '54, Eric Bundonis '03, 
Jaylene Orange Bundonis '03, the newlyweds, Carrie MacDonald 
Dougherty '03, Michela Adrian '03, and John Watson 79. 

On June 20, 2009, Alice Martin '98 married 
Nate Allen at the Columns Hotel in New 
Orleans, La. Middlebury friends who 
traveled south to celebrate with the couple 
included (all '98 unless noted) Jennifer 
Cleary, Anna Martin '02, Sarah Nunamaker 
Bailey, Anne Holloway, Nick Owsley '97, the 
newlyweds, Tim Weld, Suwha Hong, and 
Rebecca Sama Owsley. 

Stacy Brendtro '05 and Rick Cooley '04 were married at 
the Inn at Essex in Essex, Vt., on June 13, 2009. Friends 
and family who helped the couple celebrate included 
David Molk '04, Adam Fasoli '04, the newlyweds, 
(second row) Hillary Waite Condit '05, Kathleen Fleury 
'05, Hannah Waite '11, (third row) Alden Bird '04, Tony 
Garofano '04, Lauren Singer Waite 74, Brendan Condit 
'05, Emily Hruby '05, Abbi Sanders '05, Chris Waite '08, 
(fourth row) Mike Cooley '01 and Roy Cooley 72. 

The wedding of Amanda Dickson '96 and Peter 
Dougherty '96 was held on June 6, 2009, at the 
Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vt. Celebrating with 
them were (all '96 unless noted) Joel Grippando, Ned 
Greene, Josh Walker, (second row) Diana Wiss Tebbe 
'98, Sarah Kramer, Eliza Burke Greene, the newlyweds, 
Suzanne Daley, Cameron Dickson '98, (third row) 

Crazy Jonny Levy, Sasha Quijano Grippando, Claudia 
Schnipper Hochberg, Rob Lawrence, Josh Sobek, John 
Maycock, Chad Stern, Molly Shuttleworth Evans, Jan 
Groblewski '98, and Megan Byrne. 

Larissa Robtoy '04 married James Hewitt on March 7, 2009. Midd 
alums present at the ceremony and reception at the Great Escape 
Lodge in Lake George, N.Y., were (all '04 unless noted) Laura 
Rockefeller, Erin Sullivan, (second row) Eliza Adler, Erika Mercer, 
Claire Bourne, the newlyweds, Nate Marcus, Nichole Nawfel '06, 
Caroline Orsi, and Devin Zatorski. 

After a proposal in Stockholm, Sweden, a year earlier, 
Megan Maloney '98 and Kurt Graham were married at 
Migis Lodge in South Casco, Maine, on May 23, 2009. In 
attendance were Ron Allen '99, Wendy Peterson Todd '97, 
the newlyweds, Carl Robinson '96, and Bob Coe '61. 

Laurie Manus '99 married Gabriel Tompkins 
in Cape May, N.J., on November 2, 2008. Midd 
friends from the Class of 1999 who attended 
included Amy Dong, Allison Peel Bragan, the 
newlyweds, and Kerri Noto. 

In Newport, R.I., Caroline Jacobson '04 married Mark Honorowski '04 on 
December 20, 2008. Friends who celebrated with the couple included (all '04 
unless noted) Michael Gillim, Tabby Connor '05, Russ McCracken, Margery 
Glover, Lauren Bowe Hover, the newlyweds, Alex Watson, Nina Popel, Kait 
Strovink, and Ethan Pond. 

Betsy Sullivan '04 and Russell Zager '04 were married on April 25, 2009, at the Cranwell in 
Lenox, Mass. Midd alums who joined the newlyweds (in front) included (all '04 unless noted) 
Molly Dinsmore, Andrew Feinberg, Matt Johanson, Emily Furlong, (second row) Won Park, 
Jason Farkas, Philippe Danielides, Heather Barrington, Amy Brais, Emily Loesche '05, Lisa 
McAndrews '02, Cragin Brown, Peter Simon, Stephanie Pritchard '06, (third row) Julianna Muir, 
Maggie Farquhar '04, Andy O'Reilly, Becca Selgrade, Colin Lewis-Beck, Vicky Craig, Thomas 
McMennamin, Alex Rossmiller, Elisabeth von Halem '96, Taylor Bolz, Rob Hillas '06, Camden 
Burton '06, and Luke Mueller. Missing from the photo is Jen LaRosa. 

Julia Herwood '04 and 
Simon Breedon (Emory '01) 
were married in Wailea, 
Maui, on May 14, 2009. 

After their wedding in Oregon (see page 72), Robyn Cook '02 and 
Mike Mazzotta '03 headed east for a reception with Midd folks 
who missed the wedding: Hugh Marlow '57, Barbara Marlow, 
Mary Houde Skovsted '03, Eric Skovsted '02, Robyn and Mike, 
Mike Unger '03, Sandy Carbolova Unger '03, and Bill Boykin- 
Morris '02. 

Ten beautiful women from the Class of 1978 traveled for a long 
weekend to Iceland in February, just for fun. Here they are outside 
a coffee shop in the wilds after they took a bracing outdoor swim: 
Corinne Josias, Blythe Hamer, Nancy Rome, (second row) Joyce 
Nolan Harrison, Dyann DelVecchio, Nancy Greenwald, Diana 
Munger Hechler, Adele MacDonald Kristiansson, Jennifer Brown, 
Gunnar (the intrepid guide), and Clare Pierson. 

Friends gathered at the home of Eli '76 and Jill Robinson 
Haizlip 76 in San Francisco on February 3 to celebrate 
the visit of honorary 1976 class member Sue Small, who 
came from Bristol, Vt., where she has been busy running 
her B&B, Dreamhouse Inn: (all 76 unless noted) Chris 
Mead, Chandler Lee, Gail Robinson Mead, Debbie 
Jacobs, Joanne Green 77, Sue, Eli, Jill, and Rich Hodges. 
Also present and lurking in the background were 
Halsted Wheeler and Molly Miottel 77. 

Friends from the 
Class of 2001 and the 
future Class of 2031 
took a girls' trip to 
Manzanita Beach, 

Ore., last February: 
Amie Fernandez 
Lucas with Lucy, Kate 
Collins-Manetti with 
Viola, and Ann Russell 
Felton with Emily. 

Katie Lange Dolan 77 and Mary Stein 
Dominick '58 attended the Downhill 
Divas Week last winter in Keystone, 
Colo., at the home of Wendy Paulson. 
As part of a group of nine women, they 
did both downhill skiing and cross¬ 
country, discussed books, children, 
grandchildren, and recipes, knitted, 
watched birds, and cooked together. 

After ringing in the New Year in Cornwall, 
Vt., at the Franklin home, friends had 
a great day of sledding on Lincoln 
Gap: Sierra Crane-Murdoch '09, Kelly 
Blynn '07, Caitlin Littlefield '07, Carolyn 
Barnwell '06, (second row) Austen Levihn- 
Coon '07, Corinne Almquist '09, Lauren 
Miller '07, Morgan Goodwin, Lindsey 
Franklin '07, Jeremy Osborn '06, (third 
row) Josh Deane '09, Adam Wells, Jason 
Kowalski '07, Emilie McDonald '07, Ian 
Hough '07, Carol Guest '07, Heidi Erbe '06, 
Jon Warnow '06, and Emily Wheeler '07. 

March recently accepted a position at QVC Japan 
as senior VP. “After five years working on my 
own on various media consulting and investment 
projects, the last three years in Bangkok, I 
serendipitously find myself again (after 20 years) 
living and working in a corporate environment in 
Tokyo. My legal and television experience was 
only partial training for my new role in what is 
essentially the most complex retail business 
imaginable, where the learning curve is 
exceedingly steep.“ Last winter Katie Lange 

Dolan attended Downhill Divas Week. Check 
out her photo on page 74. Bob Lindberg 
noted this summer that his youngest had 
graduated from high school but returning college 
students (and graduates) made the “empty nest” 
look far away. He also requests more classmates 
submit their news (weddings, graduations, World 
Cup trophies, whatever) as a regular flow of news 
helps to avoid missing submission deadlines. Best 
to all. 

—Class Correspondent: Bob Lindberg (rcl@linrip. 

The Westerly Sun recently profiled 
artist Gregory Kammerer, who 
lives in Perryville, R.I., and exhibits 
his work at galleries on Martha’s Vineyard, in 
Wellfleet, Mass., and on Block Island, R.I. 

Painting with oils, he has been experimenting 
with surface and texture and he paints on window 
frames, board, glass, found objects, and old books. 
He also exhibited his work from May to July in a 
College alumni show at the Edgewater Gallery in 
Middlebury. Dan Franczek recently resigned 
after 15 years as the varsity boys basketball coach 
at Chicopee (Mass.) Comprehensive High School. 
He also coached basketball at Simsbury (Conn.) 
High School, where he teaches and coaches girls 
volleyball, for a total of 30 years’ experience. Over 
the years he coached his sons, Justin and Ryan, 
and stepson Joe. * Check out page 74 for a photo 
of a 1978 mini-reunion in Iceland! 

—Class Correspondents: DavidJaffray (djaffray@; Phyllis Wendell Mackey (phyhnackey@; Anne Rowell Noble (annenoblemail@aol. 

Lenny Saltz, who left us for other 
pastures but graduated with us in 
spirit, writes, “Everything is great on 
this end. I’m still very much enjoying my medical 
career, doing cancer research and cancer care. I’m 
doing a lot of new drug development work, I’m 
running the colorectal cancer program at 
Memorial Sloan-Kettering, and I’m also a 
professor of medicine at Cornell Univ. School of 
Medicine, which is here in Manhattan.” Elibet 
Moore Chase reports that she and Sandra 
‘‘Buzz'' Buzby Whalen both work at St. Paul’s 
School in New Hampshire. Buzz is currently 
traveling in Africa, so we’ll just have to wait for 
her return for the full travelogue. Elibet 
forwarded us news of Dede Cumming s new 
book, Living with Crohn’s & Colitis: A 
Comprehensive Naturopathic Guide for Complete 
Digestive Wellness, which she coauthored with 
naturopath Jessica Black, ND. The reviews are in, 
including this from Dr. Julie Silver, assistant 
professor at Harvard Medical School: “Dede is an 
amazing woman! In this book you will find not 
only helpful advice but real inspiration.” Dede 
herself sent in more information. When she was 
diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, which is a 
debilitating digestive disease, it turned her life 

upside down. She felt overwhelmed and isolated 
by the unrelenting symptoms, chronic pain, side 
effects of medication, hospitalizations, and doctor 
appointments. Eventually she had surgery, which 
has helped put her into remission. As a result, she 
decided she wanted to help others with the same 
problems and she wrote the book. She also ran in 
a half marathon in Boston to raise money for 
research of a cure, after training with the Crohn’s 
& Colitis Foundation’s Team Challenge. * In art 
news, photographer Fred Cray exhibited his 
works at the Tremaine Gallery at The Hotchkiss 
School in May and June. Printmaker Daryl 
Storrs exhibited her works at the Edgewater 
Gallery in Middlebury from May to July as part of 
a College alumni show called “Into Their Own.” 

Sadly we must report that Andrew Blank 
passed away on July 7 from cancer. Our sympathy 
is sent to his family. An obituary will appear in a 
future issue. 

—Class Correspondents: Mary MacKenzie Corke 
(; Nancy Limbacher Meyer 
(li mes 79 @yahoo. com ). 

A good time was had by classmates 
who attended reunion in June. We 
missed those of you who couldn’t 
make it! # Loretto, a network of agencies 
providing eldercare services in Central New York, 
appointed Dr. Jennifer Weinraub to the medical 
staff of PACE CNY. With 20 years of medical 
expertise, she also serves as the associate director 
of Beechtree Care Center in Ithaca, N.Y. Dan 
Schulman recently left Sprint Nextel to join 
American Express as group president for 
enterprise growth. He’s responsible for the 
company’s global strategy to expand alternative 
mobile and online payment services. * In 
Burlington, Vt.. Betsy Keller Forrester has 
joined Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman 
Realty as a realtor. She’s been working in 
hospitality management and marketing for two 

—Class Correspondents: Anne Cowherd Kallaher 
(; Susanne Rohardt Strater 
(scstrater@videotron .ca). 

Barbara Boyd sent word that all was 
well in Pompano Beach, Fla. She’s had 
a busy year with her marriage to Daniel Pintos, 
her youngest son’s graduation from college, and 
her oldest son’s marriage this fall. * A note came 
from our class agent (an unsung hero), Chris 
Viscomi: “All is well in Vermont—I work at the 
UVM medical school and the hospital, and I’m 
married with two teenage kids. Some of my 
highlights include recent medical missions to 
Guatemala and Mozambique, and a few fun tries 
at tall mountains (Kilimanjaro and Aconcagua 
successful; Denali unsuccessful). I’ve stayed in 
touch with Frazier Caner, whose daughter 
entered Midd in September. Also, I’m in touch 
with Tom Shively, who’s a professor and chair of 
the business statistics dept, at the Univ. of Texas, 
and Rhodemann Li. who recently married and 
is now a proud father. I also keep in touch with 
Greg MacKay. Peter Gourley, and Jim 

—Class Correspondents: Elaine King Nickerson 
(; Sue Dutcher Wagley (sue@ 

A mini-reunion was organized by 
Pat Mahoney and Sarah Gage, 
with classmates coming from all 
over the U.S. to enjoy a beautiful weekend in 
Middlebury. Besides Sarah (Pasadena, Calif.) and 
Pat (Cranford, N.J.), the others attending were 
KC Cederholm (Carlisle, Mass.), Barbara 
Eyman (Silver Spring, Md.), Audrey French 
(Evanston, Ill.), Nancy Lemay Renner 
(Alexandria, Va.), and Tim Cook ’83 (Rutland, 
Vt.). Visits to Bread Loaf, Battell North and South, 
and Mr. Up’s were all a part of the sentimental 
journey. The group was joined at Mr. Up’s for 
dinner by Henriette Lazaridis Power and 
Wendy Behringer Nelson, who happened to be 
in town as well. It was a wonderful chance to 
catch up with friends, share stories, and enjoy 
spring in Vermont. John Stahl's daughter, 
Hollis, who recently graduated from Gettysburg 
College, was named NCAA Division III 
Midfielder of the Year in lacrosse and capped her 
career as second on Gettysburg’s all-time list for 
goals with 192. Brett Hulsey has been actively 
campaigning to join the Wisconsin State 
Assembly. Brett serves as a Dane County 
Supervisor and runs an environmental consulting 
company. You can learn more about Brett’s 
campaign at * 
GR-NEAM recently announced that Chip 
Clark would be assuming responsibility for the 
client strategy group. He joined the company in 
1992 and has worked in a variety of roles in the 
investment and client strategy groups. 

—Class Correspondents: Wendy Behringer Nelson 
(; Caleb Rick (crick@ 

Greg Clancy writes, “I’m up here 
in God’s country as the newest 
member of the development staff at 
Cardigan Mountain School in Canaan, N.H. It’s 
really quite beautiful here on ‘The Point’ with 
views of Mount Cardigan in the distance and the 
lake adjacent to campus. I’m in New Hampshire 
weekdays and in Boston on weekends, which is a 
bit of a strange existence but I’m becoming better 
adjusted to it. I’m temporarily renting a room in a 
local farmhouse. It’s incredibly rustic and there’s a 
veritable menagerie with virtually all of the 
animal groups represented, including a rooster 
that crows every morning at 4:30. Yes, 4:30 
a.m.—gawd. And no TV or Internet. But they’re 
a wonderful couple and very accommodating. 
One of my coworkers is Andrew Helming ’04, 
and Chip Audett ’82 runs our Admissions Office! 
Small world.” Katherine Brown Tegen has a 
new picture book out called The Story of the Jack 
O’Lantern —just in time for Halloween! ' Still 
practicing law in New Jersey, Pam Kapsimalis 
Parsells was recently appointed to the board of 
the Summit Speech School, which teaches deaf 
and hard-of-hearing children to listen and speak. 

Dan Elish has been working to turn his novel 
Nine Wives into a musical and he has another 
children’s novel, The School for the Insanely Gifted, 
due out next summer. * Our sympathy is sent to 
Patrice Binaisa, whose father, Godfrey Binaisa, 
a former president of Uganda, passed away on 
August 10. 

—Class Correspondents: Ruth Kennedy (ruth. 
kennedy 4; Siobhan Leahy Ulrich 
(sulrich @ 

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Pete Wlodkowski reports, “I 
celebrated two io-year anniversaries 
this year—the first (and most 
important) with wife Lee Ann. The other is my 
company’s, We launched at the 
2000 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, and we had a 
great time at this year’s Open. My friends say it’s 
just a guise for me playing as much golf as possible 
and they’re a little bit right—in 30 days over May 
and June I played all three California U.S. Open 
venues, The Olympic Club, Pebble Beach, and 
Torrey Pines. Our fourth-grade son Lawson likes 
baseball better, which is fine with me (for now).” 

Jenny Meigs recalls, “It was great catching up 
with classmates last year at the reunion. I’m living 
in Morrisville, Vt., and would love to see anyone 
passing through the Stowe area." Carole 
Komornik Walker writes, “I’m working as a 
journalist for the Milford Mirror and also teaching 
strings and playing the viola professionally. My 
son Tristan (13) was accepted to the Educational 
Center for the Arts for guitar. My husband Brian 
Pounds, his daughter Michaela, my son, and I live 
in Milford, Conn.” Elizabeth Cutler is living 
in beautiful San Francisco with husband Jim 
Dougherty (an attorney), and their sweet little 
six-month-old daughter, Georgia King 
Dougherty. Elizabeth is putting her interior 
design practice on hold while she participates in 
every mommy group in the Bay Area—she loves 
being a mother! Elizabeth and Jim enjoy sailing, 
discovering new music, entertaining, and trying 
new recipes! Greg ’81 and Deborah Cliff 
MacKay have lived in Vero Beach, Fla., for 18 
years. “Greg is a gastroenterologist and I’m a 
school board member. Daughter Allison attended 
Middlebury last year and was joined by brother 
Ian this fall.” Deborah is eager to connect with 
other Midd parents! Kevin Mahaney writes, 
“With Chris a senior at Colorado College, Chan a 
sophomore at Georgetown, and Nic a junior at 
Deerfield, I find myself an empty-nester. The past 
15 years I’ve flown myself to work in Portland, 
Maine, on an almost daily basis—so moving to 
Portland for a 10-minute commute is a nice 
change! Anyone in the area can come visit me as I 
live at one of my hotels,” 

Seung ’83 and Helen Gregory Kwak 
celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in July. 
They met in Professor Murray Dry’s PolySci 101 
in the fall of 1980. The oldest of their four 
children, JM, is a premed student at Berkeley. 
Daughter Amy is a junior at Middlebury. The 
younger two are still in high school, JP in nth 
grade and Lisa in 9th. Seung continues his work 
at Capital International, and Helen is working in 
counseling and community development in the 
northern area of Yokohama. * In August 2009, 
three stalwarts from the class of 1984 (Mark Ray. 
Patrick "Pepsi" McCormick, and Andrew 
Zehner) braved frigid temperatures, high wind, 
and steady rain to bike 116 miles over four of 
Vermont’s mightiest gaps (Lincoln, Appalachian, 
Middlebury, and Brandon) in a single day, 
conquering the fabled LAMB Ride, with the 
support of Mark’s friend, Steve Gronlund. The 
Lincoln Gap is known as the steepest mile in 
America. Mark and Steve were fresh off the 
annual Jim Ray Memorial Century ride, a 
wonderful fund-raiser for the American Heart 
Association in honor of Mark’s father. In June 
2010, Pepsi rode in the grueling, 532-mile Ride 
the Rockies, a weeklong epic sojourn up (and 
down) some of Colorado’s most challenging and 
scenic mountain passes, often drafting two 

much-younger friends from a D.C.-based bike 
racing team. Jen Stone Potter will be joining 
the ranks of alums with kids at Midd! Son Will is 
starting at Middlebury in February. He was 
working for a robotics/engineering company in 
Valencia, Spain, over the summer and Jen and her 
family were planning to visit him and enjoy the 
Costa Brava and do some hiking in the Pyrenees. 

Life in Philly goes well for Greg and Jen Little 
Case. They have two girls in middle school, 
Mckenzie (12) and Olivia (11), and a son in third, 
Nicholas (8). “As like many, we are juggling the 
traveling sports and school schedules along with 
work and some family travel. Greg is working at 
LLR Partners—a venture capital firm based in 
Philadelphia, and I’m managing a fast-growing 
nonprofit, which I founded in Philadelphia three 
years ago, Cradles to Crayons. We are between 
homes (and unfortunately stuck with two right 
now thanks to the recession) so spread the word if 
anyone is looking to move to Philadelphia!” 
David Caudle reports, “A new play of mine 
premiered in the NYC International Fringe 
Festival this summer. It’s called South Beach 
Rapture, and it’s about three strangers who meet 
on the beach in Miami on the night of a 
spectacular meteor shower two months after 
September nth. Two of the three characters 
discover an amazing coincidence: they both lived 
in the same turret room in the Chateau at 
Middlebury, 13 years apart. Yes, the play features 
two Midd alums! It’s a darkly humorous 
exploration of fate versus free will in modern 
America, and was developed in the Dorothy 
Strelsin New American Writers Group at Primary 
Stages, where I’m a member. Performances were 
at a great venue, Dixon Place. Also, in September 
my play The Sunken Living Room (Samuel French) 
was presented in three performances at Theatre 80 
on St. Marks, as a benefit for the Howl! Help 
Fund, a healthcare initiative administered by the 
Actors’ Fund.” 

—Class Correspondents: Elizabeth Eppes Winton 
(; Andrew Zehner (andrew. 

Hello to our fellow ’85 classmates! 
O ur reunion at Middlebury was 
awesome—we missed those of you 
who couldn’t make it back. Some attendees 
contacted us after the festivities, and here’s what 
they had to say! • Jon Roth explained that the 
week before reunion, he and Rawson Hubbell. 
Josh Klein. Joe Braley, Todd Dietrich, and 
Win Furber paddled the Allagash. Sixty-five 
cigars and three bottles of single malt later, they 
were ready for reunion. Beatriz Esguerra 
Escallon wrote that she and a large group of 
friends had a great time staying at the Swift 
House. The group included Carol Milaccio 
Albert. Elizabeth Hawkey. Ann Friedhofer, 
Fiona Coleman-Richardson. Eileen 
Minnefor, Shelagh Connor Shapiro. Lisa 
Arias. Kelly Petrison Knowles, Cordelia 
Pitman and Winslow Furber, Claire Wrenn 
Bobrow, and Christina Bailar. In addition to 
those already mentioned, the Swift House group 
enjoyed seeing Joe Braley. Tom Panitz, John 
Davis, Andy and Kim Davis Gluck. Jim 
Upton. Bart Riley, the Lohmann twins— Ruth 
Lohmann Davis and Denah Lohmann 
Toupin—Jim Ammeen, Robyn Rieser 
Barkin. Lance Young-Ribeiro, Lindsey 
Kalat Margaroli, Reeve and Melissa Wheeler 
Waud, Doug White. Greg Danford, and many 

more! Joe Sutherland wrote that he saw many 
friends including those mentioned above and 
Beth Dorion Wyer, Amy Wright ’86, Cynthia 
Kirkwood ’86, Geoffrey Hale ’84, Mark 
Mclnerney, Anne Hambleton ’84, and Suzanne 
Poulin Rowan amongst others. Josh Klein 
wrote that reunion was a blast, including the 
paddling trip beforehand, and it was fun seeing 
everyone there. Wes Carrington flew up 
from Ecuador to join a group of friends staying at 
a house on Lake Champlain including Sara 
Ramseyer Klein. Laura Ottaviano Copic, 
Paul Oyer. Jim Davidowitz. and Josh Paris. 
Laura said that reunion felt like college all over 
again and she posted a picture of their group at 
the top ofSnake Mountain on the Midd ’85 
Facebook page. John and Mimi Harding 
Owen wrote that at reunion, they saw many of 
the above-mentioned classmates including 
Cynthia Van Vranken Keating and David 
Yim. Mimi also noted that many people missed 
Don Hall who couldn’t make it to reunion 
because his flight was canceled out of Seattle, 
Wash. Amanda Vaughn Walter also had to 
cancel at the last moment. Dean Jordan wrote 
that he enjoyed seeing so many faces that he 
hadn’t seen in years. Dean hung out mostly with 
Tom and Heather Henderson Palmer and 
Mary Beth Geier Donohue. Jennifer Karin 
Sidford wrote that she had a terrific time with 
Nancy Urner-Berry, Laura Bull Bailey, 
Debbie Payne Jewell. Debbie Tripp Budden. 
and Toni Mauck Butterfield She says they had 
too much wine and too little time together. * 
David 'Morty" Morton writes that he played 
golf with Paul Bucci, Rob Bredahl. and Jeff 
Thomas with Chip Kenyon as a spotter. Morty 
enjoyed spending time with former hockey goalie 
greats Jamie O’Brien and Ken Pucker, and the 
only missing hockey players from our class were 
Scott Joslin and Marty Wenthe. Morty 
wondered if maybe they were somewhere else 
together? Morty enjoyed having his daughter 
Caitlin there who got the full flavor of being on 
the Middlebury campus combined with a late 
night at Mr. Up’s making it a full Midd 
experience! 4 Dan Cantor wrote that he hung 
out with Michael Goldfinger. Ward Joyce, 
Leslie McCormick Tate, John Burns. 
Alexander Farnsworth, Annie Faulkner. 

John Scott, and Daxing Zhang at Lake 
Dunmore. They swam, fished, kayaked across the 
lake, and shared stories that were much overdue. 
They smoked their own ribs and chicken for some 
serious home cooking, played Frisbee golf across 
the campus, and ended up a little disappointed 
when they went looking for Atwater and found it 
gone and replaced by a large structure. Regan 
Remillard wrote that at reunion he hung out 
with Andy Bustillo. Pat Holmes. Bob 
O’Herron. Jim Boyd. Mike Donovan, and 
John Kremer. He also played a pivotal role in 
chauffeuring the Lohmann twins and some of the 
above friends down to Mr. Up’s Saturday night 
where they all had a large informal Class of’85 
reunion gathering out on the deck. Lissa 
Briggs Gosiger wrote that in addition to 
above-mentioned classmates, she ran into Lisa 
Meyerhoff Marks. Chris Dougherty. Kris 
Anderson-May. Patrick O’Donoghue. 

Walker Mygatt. Mary Conceison Devaney. 
Yana Samuel Rowley. Ned Brown. Anders 
Knutzen. Wendy Walters Cohen. Dave 
Revelle, Middlebury Spanish professor Miguel 
Fernandez. Chris Powell. Sarah Burchfield 

7 6 Middlebury Magazini 

Carey. Anne Davis Peterson, Tory 
Rockefeller Philip. Duff Badgley, and many 
more. 4 As for us Lohmann twins, we brought 
our families and had a rip-roaring good time 
seeing old friends, including Meg Storey 
Groves and Tory, and seeing the campus again. 

In addition to all those classmates already 
mentioned, we spent time with Sarah Dunlap 
Sampson. Dale Sailer. Eric Sullivan, Rick 
King. Craig Russ. Robin Russ Aborn, Anna 
Rubin and her beautiful little boy Moses, Mike 
Morrissey, everyone at Mister Up’s on Saturday 
night, and of course, to all the awesome 
hardworking members of the 25th reunion 
committee. Special thanks go to Anne Davis 
Peterson, who handled money matters, Lisa 
Meyerhoff Marks and Lorraine Siciliano. 
who organized the amazing Midd Race, and 
John Denny and Jack Klinck. who dedicated 
inordinate amounts of time and energy into 
keeping us on track during the planning phase. 
Other hardworking committee members include 
Chris Powell. Kris Anderson-May. Sarah 
Sword Lazarus. Lissa Briggs Gosiger. Josh 
Klein. Meg Storey Groves, and Jon Roth. 

For all those attendees we saw but inadvertently 
didn’t mention, please write us and tell us about 
YOUR reunion experience, and we’ll be sure to 
include it in the NEXT issue of the Midd class 
notes. Also, please join the Middlebury online 
network and Middlebury’s Facebook page, and 
don’t forget to submit your biographies on the 
Middlebury Web site! 

—Class Correspondents: Ruth Lohmann Davis 
(ruth.davis 63; Denali Lohmann Toupin 


On June 5 Sarah Christel 

celebrated her wedding to Jeff Scully 
with a ceremony and reception in Middlebury, 
Conn., at the home of Sarah’s parents. A lot of 
Midd friends showed up includingjulie Morris 
Ogden, Wendy Fisher Beach. Kate Wallace 
Perrotta, Pam Grady MacMullen and 
husband Willie (MA English ’89), Sue Whitty 
and Andrew Zehner ’84, Monica Carroll 
McCabe, and Lisa Cheney Sullivan (plus 
various spouses who were attending to children). 
Sarah and Jeff live in Jackson, Wyo., and made 
their way back there following the wedding. 
Those in attendance can attest that Sarah looks 
exactly the same as the day she started at 
Middlebury back in the fall of 1982. Bill 
Weldon lives in Cooperstown, N.Y., and resides 
next door to the National Baseball Hall of Fame 
with wife Jeanette and their children. Will (7), 
Bradley (5), and Gunter (2). Bessie Cromwell 
Speers visited Cooperstown with her family in 
July and she joined Bill in a local mixed-doubles 
tennis tournament where they went undefeated 
for four straight rounds only to lose to the 
eventual champions. Bill is an investment adviser 
in neighboring Oneonta with Wells Fargo 
Advisors. Mike Rawding recently checked in 
with a quick update. Mike left Microsoft last 
October after 17 years and is now working on 
opportunities in clean tech and China. He joined 
the board of Monterey Institute last June and his 
oldest headed off to Pitzer College in Claremont, 
Calif., this fall! 

—Class Correspondents: Torsten Garber (skytag@; Kate Wallace Perrotta (pgperrotta@ 

Eileen Angelini, who’s a professor 
of French at Canisius College, writes, 
“I was thrilled to return to 
Middlebury this summer as a professor of French 
for the French School. I taught a graduate course 
in stylistics.” Brain Kleppner and Genie 
Henry’s daughter Gabrielle was born this summer 
at their home in Burlington, Vt. Gabrielle joins 
two sisters and a brother. Between them, the four 
children have three last names, speak three 
languages, and carry passports from the U.S., 
Canada, New Zealand, and Russia. The fun never 
ends! Britt Raubenheimer recently spoke at 
the second annual Women in Science and 
Engineering speaker series in New Bedford, Mass. 
She works at the Woods Hole Oceanographic 
Institution along with husband Steve Elgar. 

Having lost her sight seven years ago, she uses a 
computer that talks to her and a guide dog, but 
she still scuba dives and does measurements. * 

Jill Madden was one of several alumni who 
exhibited their art works at Edgewater Gallery in 
Middlebury as part of an alumni show. 

—Class Correspondents: Tom Funk (tfunk@; Elizabeth Ryan O'Brien 
(obrien @ bigwhoop. com). 

Correspondent Beth Zogby 
reports, “Katie Sunderman (wife of 
our classmate Fred Sunderman) 
and I met in Chicago in mid-May to visit Susan 
Merrill Parker and her family. We had a great 
time going to galleries and eating good food. 

Susan was training for the Avon Walk for Breast 
Cancer, which she completed for the second year 
in a row in earlyjune.” # Grubb & Ellis Co., a 
real estate services and investment firm, recently 
hired Tim Rivers as senior VP, director, 
management services in Florida. He is also the 
president of the board of directors for the Tampa 
Bay Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research 
Foundation. Diane Meyerhoff was named as 

Volunteer of the Week in the Burlington (Vt.) Free 
Press for her work at ReSTORE, a division of 
ReSOURCE (a nonprofit recycling co.) that 
oversees selling everything from books to sofas. 
With flexible hours at her job at the nonprofit 
organization Third Sector Assoc., she has been 
able to devote many volunteer hours creating a 
system to organize the books and helping to sell 
them. Gordon Smith recently began his new 
job as the superintendent of the East Longmeadow 
(Mass.) Public Schools. Previously he served as 
the principal of the Ludlow (Mass.) High School. 

Denver Edwards reports that he and his 
family are relocating to Bellevue, Wash. He’ll be 
commuting from there to Northern California 
where he’ll work on closing down the last 
remaining auto plant west of the Mississippi. 

—Class Correspondents: Claire GwatkinJones 
(; Beth Zogby (zogby@alumni. 

John Jackman writes that he is 
working on his second start-up in 
marketing technology, the first of 
which was successfully sold in 2005. He lives in 
central Rhode Island and enjoys sailing whenever 
he can on the Narragansett Bay. * From the 
Green Mountain State, Caroline Biddle 
McKenzie reports that she loves her sweet life in 
South Burlington with husband Ray and yellow 
lab Annabelle. “I continue to work for Eating Well 
magazine as the direct-to-retail sales manager. It’s 
been seven years from day one as a start-up to 

today. We seem to have an established presence in 
the world! It’s very satisfying! I bump into Rob 
Skiff’90 at the local natural foods store on 
occasion and enjoy fun coffee dates with Hugh 
Marlow ’57” * From the mid-Atlantic region 
comes news from Rob Berman who writes, “As 
a joke, I created the Original Rasta Dreadlock 
Hat in 1992 and sold it off my head, in a bar, for 
20 bucks and a beer! Well, 18 years later, Rasta 
Imposta has grown into a leading costume 
manufacturer in the Halloween industry. We 
make most of the funny costumes you see out 
there during Halloween. Check out www. I met my wife Tina on Long 
Beach Island. We own the store, The Mod Hatter, 
in Beach Haven, N.J., and live in Haddonfield, 
N.J., with kids Charlotte (4) and Harrison (2), 
and our pound dog Paco (17!). I would love to 
catch up with friends. Please e-mail me at” * Fellow New 
Jerseyan Adrienne Buda Anderson reports, 
“After seven years in alumni relations at my 
elementary school, the Elizabeth Morrow School 
in Englewood, N.J., I have recently retired as 
alumni coordinator. I continue to be an active 
volunteer, alumna, and parent—my daughters 
Katie (11) and Amy (8) are both students there. 

We moved back to Englewood—my hometown— 
two years ago, after building a home here. I keep 
in touch with a number of Middlebury friends— 
Allison Black Levin, Aniko Nakazawa 
DeLaney, and Susan Anderegg. Melanie 
Friedlander and I have made an annual tradition 
of meeting in Utah for skiing every March! 
Definitely looking forward to our 25th reunion— 

I just attended my high school 25th and it was a 
lot of fun.” * And, from yours truly, I’m excited 
to be serving our class by gathering and writing 
our news, to help us stay informed and connected. 
Please don’t be shy—feel free to drop a note or 
call anytime! I’m living in Old Greenwich, 

Conn., where I’ve been the past 11 years. I have 
one son, Jake, who keeps me busy on the sidelines 
of his football and hockey games. Otherwise, I 
stay active with my local cycling club and I’m still 
skiing in the winter as much as I can, mainly in 
Utah. There I run into many Midd Kids—of 
recent and older vintages. Work-wise, I’m 
continuing in the international drinks industry 
and recently started a new position with Pernod 
Ricard as head of consumer insights for the 
Absolut vodka brand. Skol! 

—Class Correspondent: John Mutterperl (John@ 
baldyconsulting. com). 

Rain was an outstanding presence 
of our 20th reunion, but so were the 
148 members of our class who 
returned, making us one person shy of breaking 
the attendance record for a 20th-year class 
reunion! # During Reunion Weekend the Class 
of 1990 celebrated five of our cherished classmates 
who are no longer with us today: Elizabeth 
Cleary. Linda Coulombe, Emily Dunn. Phil 
Mahoney, and Mike McGinn. The memorial 
service was held outside, and classmates and 
friends of Mike McGinn organized the planting 
of a sugar maple and the dedication of a plaque in 
honor of his memory. Mike’s family joined the 
celebration that over 60 people attended. Pat 
Mancuso presided over the ceremony and Ron 
Willett, John Amster, Teddy Smith, and Pat 
Berry ’91 played music and did a special song that 
Mike wrote the lyrics for in 1991 shortly before 
he died. In an effort to preserve his memory, 

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friends raised money for the Michael E. McGinn 
Endowment Fund and were delighted to learn 
that an anonymous donor pledged $ look to 
ensure that this scholarship would continue in 
perpetuity. * With so many classmates as a 
captive audience over dinner, we caught up on 
more news than usual: Amar Ranawat, wife 
Andrea, and their three children live in NYC. 
Amar is a hip and knee surgeon at Lenox Hill 
Hospital and the Hospital for Special Surgery. * 
Steve Lauterbach is a vascular surgeon, recently 
relocated from L.A. to Syracuse, N.Y. Owiso 
Makuku works for the Department of 
Transportation in NYC. Gretchen Eisele 
Eaton is a senior producer for NBC for Peacock 
Productions and executive producer of Storm 
Stories. Gretchen has two children and lives in 
Larchmont, N.Y. Alix MacGowan 
Calligeros owns a lighting company in 
Bushwick, Brooklyn, with showrooms in 
Manhattan, Greenwich, Chicago, L.A., and 
London ( * Living in NYC, 
Doug Toole is a VP at HSBC in structured 
finance. He and Diana Carroll were married 
October 24, 2009, in Montauk. Sarah 
Pribram and her partner of 15 years, Eric 
(UVM), live in Shelburne, Vt., where they enjoy 
a very active life of skiing and training for 
marathons. Ashar Nelson is an architect in 
Middlebury, working for Bread Loaf Corp., a 
construction company. Four years ago, he added 
“visiting professor at Middlebury College” to his 
CV, where he has been teaching an architecture 
course. In their spare time, he and wife Amy 
Sheldon ’88 are renovating the home they bought 
in East Middlebury. Joe and Kristen 
Peterjohn Brown have four children and live in 
Ohio. Joe works at the family business, Hartzell, 
making airplane propellers and Kristen is a 
substitute teacher, librarian, and volunteer. * 

Sara Quinlan Murphy and husband Dirk ’89 
live in Mattapoisett, Mass., with their two 
children. Sarah works in software marketing and 
Dirk is a contractor. Sean Murphy is the 
director of financial planning at Harvard Pilgrim 
Health Care and lives in Hingham, Mass. Jen 
Kelley has three children, including a set of twins 
who are one-and-a-half years old. Jen is an 
independent consultant working from her home 
in Belmont, Mass., and also manages a home- 
based jewelry sales business at 

Andy Frey is a ninth-grade English teacher in 
Hopkinton, Mass. Tom Schwieters has been 
living in Budapest for 16 years, since he first went 
to Hungary as a Peace Corps volunteer. Tom 
works in market research and he and his wife 
recently had their third child. Stephen 
Fitzpatrick has been teaching history for 15 years 
at the Hackley School, where he met his wife, 
Bette. Chris and Martha Benz Daigle and 
their three kids live in Hollis, N.H. Chris is a 
pulmonary surgeon and has an enviable full head 
of hair. Tifney Stewart Mann is an 

acupuncturist and provider of herbal medicine, 
living with her husband and two children in Sun 
Valley, Idaho. In Denver, Colo., Paola 
Venturini Hubert is a senior corporate group 
sales manager with Warwick Denver Hotel. # 
Annette Madden-Kline has four kids and lives 
in Darien, Conn., as does Tom Bredahl, who 
has three boys and one girl and coaches soccer. 
Tom works for Odyssey Re, an insurance 
company. 3 John “Mooch” Mariani is a 
psychologist, working in the Manchester, Conn., 
school system. He and his wife and three children 

live in Cheshire, Conn. John Hoult is a 
boatbuilder in Connecticut. Willy and Eliot 
Highet Patty have three children and live in 
Wilton, Conn. Andy Krugman lives in West 
Hartford, Conn., with his three children and 
“one very patient wife.” Andy is a middle school 
history teacher and soccer coach at the same 
school he attended as a kid. * Special props to 
John McCulloch. Lead Class Agent extraordi¬ 
naire, and his merry team of class agents. John 
deserves special recognition, as he has worked 
tirelessly as our LCA for 10 years. This year, our 
reunion year, 56 percent of our class donated. 
Thanks to those of you who participated! Tex, 
Toder, and Dawn invite would-be scribes and 
sociables to join the class agent and class 
correspondent scene. 

—Class Correspondents: Dawn Cagley Drew 
(; Elizabeth Toder (eatoder@ 

I Dr. Karen Hamad, an internist and 
H pediatrician, participated in a medical 
mission to Haiti in March with a group of 
Sarasota (Fla.) health-care professionals. She 
traveled to Petit Goave, where she helped start the 
Lakul Clinic in a local school. They were able to 
take care of over 650 patients in three days, and 
treated such varied diseases as malaria and massive 
trauma. On her first night in-country, she 
delivered a baby, something she hadn’t done in 15 
years! Funds were made available to keep the 
Lakul clinic up and running for at least a year, and 
local physicians were employed for that time 
period. The group also delivered enough 
family-sized tents to house a community of 250 + 
people who had not received any aid since the 
earthquake on January 12. Karen hopes to return 
to Haiti in the next six months to continue her 
work there. Christina Swenson O’Hara 
graduated from Sioux Falls Seminary with a 
master of divinity. She’ll continue with campus 
ministry and is in the ordination track in the 
Episcopal Church. * In North Carolina 
Jonathan Snover was recently named the 
director of the Global Institute for Sustainability 
Technology at Asheville-Buncombe Technical 
Community College. He’ll lead the college’s 
efforts in training green collar workers and will 
assist clean energy businesses. 

—Class Correspondents: Bill Driscoll (william.; KateJ. Kelley (katejkelley@gmail. 

Maria Aliberti Lubertazzi 

reports, “My husband David and I 
mFM welcomed our son Charles Joseph 
on February 22 this year. He’s not the only new 
son of Battell South women— Ritu Verma and 
Dave Bergeron's son Nalin arrived a year ago in 
the spring, and Cynthia Gabriel and Felix 
Paulick’s son Anju arrived last November.” 
Hannah Covert writes, “I still work full time as 
executive director of the Univ. of Florida’s Center 
for Latin American Studies. I recently passed the 
qualifying exam for my doctoral degree in higher 
education administration.” 

—Class Correspondents: Tammy Caruso Dalton 
(; Sara Garcia McCormick 
(smg 70 

Marc Pina sent a note: “I became 
branch VP of Coldwell Banker 
Residential Brokerage in Alexandria. 

Va., where I oversee over 100 real estate agents 
and operate the company’s second most 
productive office.” Dana Pawlicki recently- 
joined Evercore Partners in New York as 
managing director, after Evercore purchased the 
private equity placement agent business from 
Neuberger Berman (formerly Lehman Brothers). 
At Evercore, Dana continues to lead origination 
and project management for the group’s 
third-party fund marketing efforts. * Jason and 
Sally Murphy Hatcher are proud to announce 
the birth of son James Francis, who arrived on 
September 28, 2009, in Boston, Mass. They are 
happily enjoying their one-year-old! Vendela 
Vida has published another book. Titled The 
Lovers, it’s about a middle-aged widow who 
travels to Turkey to unravel mysteries about her 
marriage. (See page 52 for more about Vendela 
and her novel.) Living in Georgia, Jeff Olsen 
was recently promoted to VP, Adult Swim Digital 
and Games, at Turner Broadcasting System in 
their Animation, Young Adults and Kids Media 
Group. He’ll continue to oversee 
but will also be responsible for Adult Swim 
Games on iPhone and other digital platforms. 

—Class Correspondents: Maria Diaz 
(; Laura LeClair Grace 
(elsygrace @gmail. com). 

M Melissa Green and husband Jason 
Sherry welcomed son Alden Green 
Sherry on March 23. Melissa is a 
botanist with the Green Mountain National 
Forest. * In May Mark Feldman gave a talk at 
the Camden (Maine) Public Library on how to 
invest money wisely. Having been both a teacher 
and a banker, Mark is now a day trader who 
manages money full time. 

—Class Correspondents: Mary Strife Cairns 
(; Gene Swift (geneswift@ 

f Thanks to all of our classmates who 
have kept us in the loop of your lives 
over the last five years by sending 
Emily and JP e-mail updates. We have enjoyed 
this role and will continue until our 20th reunion 
in June 2015. Nikki Wood Lazer and her 

husband continue to enjoy their summers in 
Newport, R.I. Daughters Campbell (1) and 
Sienna (3) love covering each other in sand on the 
Newport beaches. Nikki continues to practice 
family medicine part time on the South Shore of 
Boston, while also working from home as the 
CVS Minute Clinic medical director. Clay 
Blanchard was married to Sarah Walter in the 
Dominican Republic in October 2009. Fellow 
95ers in attendance were Eric Levine. Millie 
Dayton, Phelps and Katie Kennedy Morris, 
and Nicole and Dave Nalchajian. Clay recently- 
completed the “Escape from the Rock” triathlon 
in under three hours, including a swim across the 
San Francisco Bay. When not braving the waters 
around Alcatraz, he continues to work for Ashley Lindell, husband Matt 
Smith, and big sister Hannah are pleased to 
announce the birth of Maia Elizabeth Lila 
Lindell-Smith on March 10. Ellen Anderson 
Holt writes, “Michael and I welcomed Peter 
Gilman Holt on May 26. The next day, Dad 
graduated from Harvard’s School of Education, 
where he was an Urban Fellow in the School 
Leadership program. Older brother William 
turned three in June, and the Holt family is now 
happily settled back home in Sacramento, Calif.” 

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Arobic School 

Relli Shechter (’95), who is the senior lecturer 
and chair of the Dept, of Middle East Studies 
at Ben-Gurion Univ., was at Skidmore College 
this fall as the 2010 Greenberg Middle East 
Scholar in Residence. He taught a class entitled 
Oil and the Remaking of the Modern Middle 
East and gave a lecture entitled “Consumerism 
and Islamism: The Middle East Since the 1970s.” 

Bread Loaf School 
of English 

Knute Skinner (MA ’54) had a memoir, Help 
Me to a Getaway, published in March by Salmon 
Poetry, Ireland. Author Martha Ackmann 
(MA ’79) has a new book out called Curveball: 
The Remarkable Story of Toni Stone the First 
Woman to Play Professional Baseball in the Negro 
League. Martha lives in western Massachusetts 
among amiable neighbors that include moose, 
bobcats, wild turkeys, and an occasional bear, 
and she is working on a new book about Emily 
Dickinson. Jim Heck (’8o, ’81) writes, “I 
attended Bread Loaf two summers and served 
as the headwaiter. Since I received my master’s 
from the Univ. of Florida, I only pursued a 
certificate at Bread Loaf. After teaching at the 
college level, I received my Ph.D. in higher ed 
administration and have been a college and 
university administrator ever since. Most re¬ 
cently I have served as the deputy director of 
the Wyoming Community College System.” 
Children’s book author Barbara Cohen Dee 
(MA '83) had a new novel come out in April 
called This Is Me From Now On. You can check 
out her books at 

Nichols College of Dudley, Mass., recently 
named Blanche Moore Dudley (MA ’84) as 
the director of the Fischer Policy Sc Cultural 
Institute. Previously she was the executive 
director of the Northeast Cultural Coop in 
Amherst, N.H. Daniel Picker (MA ’92) 
has been awarded the Dudley Review Poetry 
Prize from Harvard Univ. for his poem, “River 
Goddess.” Poems by Daniel have appeared in 
several editions of the Dudley Review over the 
past 10 years. He is a former Harvard student 
and member of Dudley House. This past spring 
his poems were published in RUNE: MIT 
Journal of Arts & Letters for the fifth straight year. 

In July Cobb Atkinson (MA 01) began 
his new job as head of school at Westchester 
Country Day School in High Point, N.C. For 

Heather Mead Jack was recognized by 
Parenting magazine as the “Top Mom” in 
Massachusetts for her work in promoting 
education and philanthropy among children. As a 
result of this award, she attended the Mom 
Congress in Washington, D.C., in May. Heather 
manages a nonprofit called The Volunteer Family 
while living in Ashland, Mass., with her husband 
and their children, Elizabeth (8) and Alex (5). * 
Michael Begley married Jennifer Bronsdon on 
May 29, 2009, at the Jared Coffin House on 
Nantucket Island. He received his doctor of 
philosophy degree in biochemistry from the Univ. 
of Calif.-San Diego and was working this past 

the past seven years he has been the headmaster 
at Valwood School in Georgia. He and wife 
Raegan (MA ’01) have two children, Jamie (7) 
and Mallory (3). Carly Andrews (MA ’04) 
began her job as head of school at Willow wind 
School in Iowa City, Iowa, this past June. She 
spent the past three years working on her doc¬ 
torate and serving as the outreach coordinator 
for the Univ. of Iowa’s international programs. 
She and husband Martin have one daughter, 
Beatrice (3). 

French School 

Bishop Peter Rosazza (MA ’67) recently 
retired as auxiliary bishop in Hartford, Conn. 

At the time he was one of only three active 
U.S. bishops who owed their appointments to 
Pope Paul VI. Architecture critic Joseph 
Giovannini (MA ’68) gave a talk for the 
American Institute of Architects Peconic in 
April entitled “Walking the Talk: A Critic 
Builds,” about the Daly Street Lofts in L.A. 

He has written about architecture and design 
for three decades and is a principal in the 
firm Joseph Giovannini Designs. Barbara 
Donley Mitchell (MA ’71) writes, “Life does 
take its twists and turns! In 2007 I retired from 
teaching Spanish and foreign language meth¬ 
odology as contract faculty at Plymouth State 
Univ. in New Hampshire. Since then I have 
reinvented myself as a Zumba and Zuinba Gold 
instructor. My interest in Latin music and dance 
has now come together in the most amazing 
way. I absolutely love sharing the excitement 
of this dance-fitness party with others.” 

From Tennessee Robert Peckham (MA ’71) 
writes, “My Australian wife, Vida, became a 
U.S. citizen last year in Memphis. Son Ron 
and oldest daughter Suzanne both attend the 
Univ. of Tennessee at Martin. Youngest daugh¬ 
ter Heather is a sophomore at Westview High 
School in Martin. In 2008 I was recipient of 
the Robert J. Ludwig National Distinguished 
Leadership Award and received UT at Martin 
Featured Scholar Award. This past winter I was 
notified by the French Consul General and the 
Ministry of Education that I am a Chevalier 
dans l’Ordre des Palmes Academiques.” * 

Sarah Vanderhill Hesshaus (MA ’00) has 
been hired by the American Leprosy Missions 
as their communications manager. As part of 
the development department, she manages 
marketing, public relations, and grant writing. 

Marraine Kettell (MA ’00) recently became 
the new pastor at the First Congregational 
Church of Christ in Corning, N.Y. She earned 

her master of divinity from Andover-Newton 
Theological School in 2006. Hilary Taylor 
Comerchero (MA ’02) writes, “Wonders 
(our language school for children) continues to 
grow, despite the economy, which is a wonder¬ 
ful sign that we are doing something needed in 
our area! Sadie also continues to grow; she is a 
fun and spunky 16-month-old.” Margaret 
Bensfield (MA ’04) married Edward Sullivan 
in January in New York. She is a managing 
director at Group SJR. 

Italian School 

International jazz singer Stacey Kent (’86, 

’87, German ’88, Portuguese ’09) was recently 
reviewed in the New York Times after doing a 
show at Birdland. She appeared with her pop- 
jazz band, which includes her husband and 
collaborator, Jim Tomlinson, on saxophone. 

Dr. G. Neal McTighe (M A ’02) has launched 
Nello’s Italy, a Web site dedicated to all things 
Italian and home to his pasta sauce. To find out 
more, visit 

Spanish School 

John Miller (DML ’70) has continued an 
active academic life after his retirement as 
professor emeritus of languages and cultures 
in 2005 from the Univ. of Colorado. He has 
taught as a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Second 
Language Acquisition/ELT at Aligarh Muslim 
Univ. in India and has taught for the U.S. 

Dept, of State as an English Language Fellow 
at the Ahmedabad Management Institute 
(India), Selcuk Univ. (Konya, Turkey), and 
Gaziantep Univ. (Turkey). This fall he returned 
to Gaziantep for the academic year where he 
is teaching American literature and culture 
in the Western Languages Dept. Kathleen 
Rupright (MA ’70, MA French ’84, DML 
’86) has retired as professor emerita after 40 
years of teaching and service at Saint Michael’s 
College, Colchester, Vt. In Dartmouth, Mass., 
Lili Gibson Chamberlain (MA ’92) was 
appointed to the town bylaws review commit¬ 
tee. She teaches a Spanish preschool program 
at a number of locations in her area. In 

March Elizabeth Tadlock (MA ’05) mar¬ 
ried Christopher Farabaugh in Lively, Va. She 
teaches Spanish at West Springfield High School 
in Springfield, Va. Jose Salazar (MA 06) 
and Tara Allen (M A ’05) and big sister Sofia 
joyfully announce the birth of son Mafias Allen 
on July 26. 

year as a research fellow at Beth Israel Deaconess 
Medical Center in Boston. Please keep your 
news coming, as we enjoy catching up through 
the pages of Middlcbury Magazine. Only five more 
years until our 20th! 

—Class Correspondents: Emily Aikcnhead Hannon 
(;JP Watson (jpwatson@ 


Andrew and Amy Atwood Kvaal 

and Caroline (3) sent an announce¬ 
ment about the birth of Cecilia Elsie Kvaal on 
March 29. In May, Chris Velan opened for 

the Northern California group ALO at the 
Higher Ground Ballroom in Burlington, Vt. * 
Linda Murray Ruiz sent the sad news that Jay 
Ruiz passed away on April 23. Our sympathy 
goes out to Linda and all Jay’s family and friends. 
An obituary will appear in a future issue. 

—Class Correspondents: Amanda Gordon Fletcher 
(; Megan Shattuck 
(meganshattuck @gmail. com ). 

Jody Emerson is excited to report 
that she received a master’s in 
education from Saint Michael’s 
College on May 15. This also includes certifica- 

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tion in school administration (a principal’s 
license). She continues her work as a history 
teacher at Spaulding High School in Barre, Vt. * 
Josh Shapiro was named the men’s head soccer 
coach at Tufts Univ. this summer. His first season 
home opener was on September 11 against 
Middlebury. Before Tufts, he was an assistant 
coach at Georgetown Univ. * In other soccer 
news, Andy Biggs has joined the men’s soccer 
coaching staff at Brown Univ. For four seasons he 
was the head coach at the Univ. of New England 
where he coached the program’s first winning 
season in io years along with its first io-win 
season since 1997. Jason Ennis recently 
released the CD La Voz de Ties. It’s the first CD 
that showcases him as the featured artist. Mike 
Bender and Matt Bijur have recently launched a 
new Web site called, a place where 
people can submit 30-second video debates about 
anything they want and the viewers vote to 
decide who’s right. They hope that the Midd 
community will sign up for a squabble, help 
spread the word, or just send them some feedback 

—Class Correspondents: Maggie Bittinger Liljegren 
(Maggie, liljegren; Catherine Mitchell 
Wienian (cnniitchell 99 @hotmail.coni). 

Amy Morris writes, “I joined the 
board of Relief International in the 
UK, an international development 
nonprofit, and visited the organization’s 
microcredit program in Azerbaijan. The 
mountains were beautiful and the lunchtime 
vodka staggering.” Abby Manzella earned her 
Ph.D. from Tufts in May and is now a visiting 
assistant professor of English at Centre College, a 
liberal arts school in Kentucky. Karu Kozuma 
recently began his new job as the executive 
director of the Office of Student Affairs at UPenn. 
Previously he directed residential programs at 
Columbia Univ. Jenny Klintberg Murphy 
was recently hired as senior account manager at 
Rodale’s Prevention magazine. She was at as senior account executive for 
advertising before that. 

—Class Correspondents: Katie Whittlesey Comstock 
(; and Nate Johnson 

M Jennifer Pearsall sent in news 

about Kirsten White after reading 
a story about her in the UPenn 
Alumni Journal. Kirsten, who is the policy 
director for Second Lady Jill Biden, is featured in 
an article called “ObamaCorps.” Check it out at 
springzoio. She really enjoys her job! Jeanne 
Lee and Benjamin Sayers were married on 
November 14, 2009, in Chicago, Ill. Deana 
Becker graduated with an MBA from Babson 
College this past May. Peter Steinberg 
finished his fellowship and moved to Portland, 
Maine, where he works as a urologist at Maine 
Medical Center. In September 2009 Jenna 
Sigman married David Nemeskal. She works as 
a supervisor of teen and community programs at 
the New England Aquarium in Boston. 

Deanne and Ian McGuinn were thrilled with 
the birth of baby girl Maya Mei on October 10, 
2009, in Shanghai, China. Matt ’98 and Sam 
Webb Kading welcomed second son Ansel Knoll 
in September 2009. Sam’s busy with the two boys 
and starting to work toward an LLM in tax. ‘ 
Robby Levy writes, “Catherine (Herrick) ’97 

and I are very excited to report the arrival of Jack 
Herrick Levy (named after Catherine’s dad) on 
August 18. Jack has the best looking ears ever and 
already has more hair than I do. We might be 
biased, but he is a total stud.” 

—Class Correspondents: Melissa Pruessing 
(; Peter Steinberg (captfun 99 @ 

M Lena Watts writes, “On 

September 26, 2009, I married Paul 
Flannery in West Stockbridge, 

Mass. The ceremony took place on a perfect fall 
day in the Berkshires and was attended by many 
alums including Kathryn Chamberlain Hope. 
Wendy Peterson Todd ’97, Justin ’98 and Nicola 
Smith Shipman ’98, Kathryn Barnett. Melanie 
Curtis. Meeghan Murphy Fortson. Lorraine 
Roth. Melissa Russell Biffert, Sherry Schwarz 
’99, and David Jareckie ’01. Paul and I continue to 
live in Cambridge, Mass., and get up to Vermont 
as often as we can.” Chad Salmela and wife 
Mimmu (UW Superior ’03) are proud to 
announce the birth of their son Taavi Eric, who 
was born on February 9, 2009. In addition to 
sharing the family’s recently acquired 1950s 
Rambler with a limited view of Lake Superior, 
Taavi Eric joined the annual family summer trip 
to Finland—Minimus homeland—to visit friends 
and family. They had a great, but tiring time at 
the Olympics in February, where Chad worked 
for NBC as the color commentator for the nordic 
sports. Chad ran into Midd Olympians Garrott 
Kuzzy ’06 and Simi Hamilton ’09 several times at 
the USA House and text messaged USST coach 
Matt Whitcomb ’01 a lot. Chad is preparing for 
his fifth season as head coach of The College of 
St. Scholastica’s nordic ski team in Duluth, Minn. 

Sarah Sander recently finished a yearlong 
Playwright in Residence at Florida Studio 
Theatre. She’s written six plays and her newest, 
Channel 3 : Adelaide in L.A., has had several staged 

—Class Correspondents: David Babington 
(davidbabington; Lindsay Simpson 



Shannon and Kate Wright Kelly 

welcomed daughter Molly Katherine 
on May 23. John “Jack” Otto Lemke was born 
April 17 to proud parents Scott and Sarah Theall 
Lemke. James Tsai graduated from the 
Kellogg School of Management and moved to San 
Francisco to start a new job with SAP in the Palo 
Alto office as a presales consultant for Financial 
Services West. Before moving, he made a trip to 
his former home of Boston. Larry and Kristen 
Sylva Capodilupo and their twins Dylan and 
Maya hosted a Middlebury get-together in honor 
of James’s visit that included Corey and Kate 
Griffiths Wilk and son Sawyer, Megan and 
Zach Bourque and daughter Erin, Scott and 
Sarah Theall Lemke and son Jack, Matt and 
Leslie Fox Arnould. and Francisco Peschiera. 
James also caught up with Kelsey Doub over 
dinner at the Arnould house. Keegan Uhl was 
one of the winners of an online filmmaking 
contest sponsored by Canon this year and his 
entry became chapter three out of seven in an 
ongoing story that is built on a still photo at the 
end of each chapter. Check it out at 
groups/beyondthestill/. In September all the win¬ 
ners created the final chapter. The advertising 
company that ran the contest also won a Silver 

Lion at Cannes (advertising equivalent of an 
Academy Award). You can see Keegan’s other 
projects at • Last spring a 
musical comedy by playwright Dana Yeaton ’79 
called My Ohio premiered in Burlington, Vt., and 
at the Town Hall Theater in Middlebury. Andy 
Mitton worked with Dana on the musical score. 

Matt Skoglund. who is a wildlife advocate for 
the Natural Resources Defense Council in 
Livingston, Mont., has a blog. Check it out at Jason 
Toh writes, “I’ve been transferred from the 
National Museum of Singapore to the Singapore 
Art Museum—the national contemporary art 
museum of Singapore. I’m looking forward to 
collaborating with fellow Midd grads who are in 
the museum field, particularly contemporary art 
ones. I’m in charge of touring shows originated 
by the museum so drop me a line if you are 
looking for shows with a contemporary Southeast 
Asian or Asian flavor, seasoned by a fresh breath of 
Vermont air.” 

—Class Correspondents: Leslie Fox Arnould 
(; Michael Hartt (hartt@ 
alumni, middlebury. edu). 

Congratulations to Brian Hamm. 

I who was named the head coach of 

^ 1 ^ flUl baseball at Amherst College. He 
coached the Lord Jeffs on an interim basis last year 
and led them to a 21-1 1 record. Randy 
Cofield is working on his master’s and interning 
fora high-end women’s fashion line, Eva Danielle. 
“I also spend a lot of time with family and friends 
traveling extensively. During either the spring 01- 
summer semester next year, I’ll complete my 
master’s in Thailand.” Thornton McEnery 
and Kristen Crofoot were married on October 11, 
2009, in San Diego, Calif. Susan Ludwick 
Tang recently accepted a position at World 
Vision, located in Washington, D.C., as the Team 
World Vision D.C. Coordinator. “After spending 
a year applying to MBA programs, I was 
presented with an awesome job opportunity that 
combines my passion for running, ministry, and 
clean water to combat global poverty—I’m 
organizing and training a team for the Marine 
Corps Marathon on October 31 to raise funds for 
clean water projects in Africa.” Alison 
Connolly finished her first year at the Tuck 
School of Business at Dartmouth and did her 
summer internship in Denver, Colo. She returned 
to Tuck this fall and will be spending the winter 
semester studying at ISB in Hyderabad, India. 

Also at Tuck. Michelle Mejia received her MBA 
in June and moved to Minneapolis, Minn., to 
begin a position at Target Corp. this fall. She’d 
love to hear from any alums in the Twin Cities! 
Amanda Maxwell writes a blog on Switchboard 
for the Natural Resources Defense Council 
where she is a Latin America advocate. Check it 
out at * 

A cancer researcher at Children’s Hospital in 
Boston, Christine Fillmore is the 2009-2010 
recipient of the two-year s 100,000 postdoctoral 
fellowship awarded by the National Ladies 
Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the 
United States. She earned her Ph.D. in genetics 
from the Tufts Univ. Sackler School of Graduate 
Biomedical Sciences. Greg Engert was 
profiled in the Glens Falls (N.Y.) Post-Star before 
he spoke at the Saratoga Brewfest in June. One of 
the country’s top authorities on beer, he is the 
beer director for the Neighborhood Restaurant 
Group in the Washington, D.C., area. Food & 

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Wine magazine named him one of their 
“Sommeliers of the Year,” the first time it ever 
selected a beer professional for the prize. 

—Class Correspondents: Anne Alfano (mine. 
alfano@gmail.coni); Stephen Messinger (s.messing@ 

Sally Olson was cast as the female 
lead in Widow , a Michael Fisher film, 
in November 2009. The film was 
screened at the 2010 Green Mountain Film 
Festival and the 2010 White River Indie Film 
Festival. It was accepted into the Journal of Short 
Film , a quarterly peer-reviewed DVD distributed 
to film-studies programs nationwide, and will be 
featured in volume 19. During the summer of 
2010, Sally attended the Summer Musical 
Workshop at Circle in the Square Theatre School 
in NYC. She has been honing her skills in the 
performing arts while living in Burlington, Vt. 
Sally continues to create art and paints pet 
portraits amongst other subject matter (www. Neil and Audrey 
Pellerin Onsdorff welcomed first child Addison 
in April and moved from Boston down to 
Summit, N.J., in late June. Neil works for an ad 
agency, and Audrey started teaching French and 
coaching girls hockey at Morristown Beard in 
September. Katherine Milgram moved back 
to NYC this spring where she joined Bracewell & 
Giuliani as a litigation associate. Kristina 
Rudd has graduated from the Univ. of 
Washington School of Medicine (along with 
Katie DeNiro ’oi) and started internal medicine 
residency at UW in Seattle this past summer. 

Reid Hamel finished fieldwork in Tajikistan for 
her Ph.D. at UC, Berkeley and headed back to 
San Francisco this fall where she hangs out with 
Heather Rankie, who moved to SF this past year 
after finishing law school at the Univ. of 
Washington. Blake Barkin got married on 
August 2, 2009, to Daniel Bueckman in 
Westhampton, N.Y. Blake received a master’s in 
counseling psychology with a focus in school 
counseling from NYU in May 2010. Lisa 
Jasinski wrote her class note from Bologna, Italy, 
where she was reviewing a film festival. “Back 
home in San Antonio, Texas, I’ve recently 
become friends with Curtis Swope ’02, who is 
teaching German at Trinity Univ., where I teach 
in the education department. We both find it 
unimaginable that we never met while at Midd, 
especially because we both lived in Battell our 
freshman year. We meet with our spouses for 
dinner and we’re representing Midd proudly at all 
of the South Texas ice houses.” Naomi 
Andrews is living in Silver Spring, Md., where 
she is chief of staff for Congresswoman Carol 
Shea-Porter of New Hampshire’s First District. 
Greg Berberian married Jennifer Flynn on June 
20, 2009, in Watertown, Mass. He recently 
graduated from the Georgetown Univ. School of 
Medicine. Meaghan McCormick married 
Thomas Martin on December 31, 2009, in 
Longmeadow, Mass. She’s a doctoral candidate at 
BU and teaches high school in the Newton 
(Mass.) school system. They’re living in 

—Class Correspondents: Meagan Dodge (mdodge@; Ulises Zanello (uzanello@ 

M in May, Larissa Robtoy Hewitt 

graduated from the BU School of 
Social Work with her MSW. 

Meredith Giersch received an MBA in business 
from Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth on 
June 13. She is doing marketing for IBM at their 
headquarters in Armonk, N.Y. Morgan Jones 
recently accepted a position at the Office of the 
Mayor, located in NYC, as Queens Borough 
Director, Community Affairs Unit. He was 
employed at YMCA of Greater New York as 
membership and marketing coordinator. Chris 
Howell’s business, Vermont Farm Tours, is going 
strong. He was profiled recently in the Burlington 
Free Press when his company guided cyclists 
through the Lake Champlain Islands as part of the 
first Heart of the Islands Bike Tour. He lives in 
Burlington’s Old North End. Adam Fasoli 
and wife Allison DiBianca have moved to 
Middlebury. Since graduating from Tufts School 
of Dental Medicine in May, Adam has joined 
Middlebury Dental Group on Exchange Street 
and is hoping to see lots of Midd Kids stopping by 
for a check-up. Allie is continuing her Ph.D. 
research through the Univ. of Chicago and is 
enjoying using the Middlebury library as her new 
research home. In Charlemont, Mass., Jon 
Schaefer has been working at his family’s ski 
resort, Berkshire East, where he is the general 
manager. Louisa Conrad was one of several 
alumni who exhibited their art in an alumni show 
called “Into Their Own” at the Edgewater 
Gallery in Middlebury this past spring. 

—Class Correspondents: Julia Herivood Breedon 
(; Athenia (Tina) Fischer 
(princess! 328 

Still living in D.C.. Kate 

Nerenberg writes a blog called Best 

Bites at the Washingtonian, where 
she’s an assistant editor. She posts daily dispatches 
on the Washington area’s food, restaurant, and 
dining scene. Dena Simmons was recently 
profiled for her teaching in a book called Do It 
Anyway: A New Generation of Activists. The book 
profiles eight under-35 people, one of whom is 
actress Rosario Dawson. Jonathan Burke 
received hisJD from Georgetown University Law 
Center on May 19, graduating cum laude. Julia 
Kolodziejczyk writes, “In May I finished my 
master’s in nutritional sciences. I also received a 
full scholarship to the Univ. of California, San 
Diego’s Ph.D. program in public health—health 
behavior and preventive medicine. I started there 
this fall.” Ted King is still bike racing around 
the globe. You can check out how he’s doing at Jason Lockhart was 
recently hired as the radio and television 
play-by-play announcer for the Syracuse (N.Y.) 
Crunch, an American Hockey League team. Last 
season he was a play-by-play broadcaster, color 
commentator, and media and community 
relations manager for the ECHL’s Bakersfield 
(Calif.) Condors. Chris Hornig married 
Veronica Aguilar last January in Austin, Texas, 
where he’s a law student at the Univ. of Texas. 
Andy Bohlin recently joined Hanson Sc 
Doremus Investment Management in Burlington, 
Vt., as an assistant portfolio manager performing 
security analysis and research. He and wife Katie 
(Bristow) ’04 are living in Shelburne. In May 
Eric Shanley was inducted into the Plymouth/ 
Plymouth-Carver Athletic Hall of Fame in 
Plymouth, Mass., where he played football, 
basketball, and baseball. He continues to serve as a 
helicopter pilot in the Army. Another pilot, 
Tommy Wisdom, returned home to the Lake 
Tahoe, Calif., area to present an AH 1 Cobra 

attack helicopter at the Lake in the Sky Air Show 
in August. He serves with the Marine Corps. 

—Class Correspondents: Martha Dutton (martha.; Dena Simmons (dena.simmons@ 

Lindsay Russell sent the news that 
she began business school at 
Stanford this fall. She left Barclays Capital and 
said farewell to NYC (at least for the time being) 
in July, then took a few months to travel and relax 
before school started in September. She says, “I 
am beyond thrilled to be going to Stanford, and 
so excited for this next step in my life and career.” 

Ben Dimiero is working as a senior new 
media associate at Media Matters for America in 
D.C. Leaving D.C., Mary Mendoza moved to 
California this fall to begin a Ph.D. program at 
the Univ. of California, Davis. Chris 
Harnisch is a research assistant with the 
American Enterprise Institute, where he focuses 
on al-Qaeda and its associated movements. 
Previously he served on the staff of former VP 
Dick Cheney. 

—Class Correspondents: Tristram Arscott (warscott@;Jess Van Wagenen 
(jvanwagenen @gmail. com). 

Emily Eliot is living in Shanghai 
and working as the creative 
coordinator for Ctrip, China’s 
largest online travel provider. Previously she was 
at ChinaVest, a bank that offers advisory services 
for multinational firms trying to enter the China 
market. She worked first as a research analyst then 
as a marketing associate, leading the redesign of 
their Web site. After completing her MPA in 
international management for sustainable 
economic development, Danielle Barbeau 
worked in Panama for five months, then moved to 
D.C. to work as a program manager and 
management consultant to build management 
capacities for international development 
initiatives. Jennifer Williams was recently 
hired as the new head softball coach at MIT after 
spending the past year as an assistant coach at 
Southern New Hampshire Univ. 

—Class Correspondents: Andrew Everett 
(; Brett Swenson (brettf 
swenson @gmail. com). 

Hi Class of 2008! To all you readers 
out there, please join our 
“Middlebury College Class of 2008” 
Facebook group to be kept in the loop with 
alumni news reminders and class alerts. We 
welcome your e-mails, notes, and updates at 
anytime throughout the year. As always, our 
classmates near and far are doing some pretty 
incredible things around the globe. Albert 
Handy is working in NYC in the business 
development group for DTCC, a trade repository 
for credit derivatives. He’s hard at work getting to 
know the ins and outs of most types of credit 
products and lending his expertise to his firm’s 
collection of CD contracts’ electronic records. In 
late August he headed on a worldwide adventure, 
stopping in Amsterdam, Moscow, New Delhi, 
Singapore, Sydney, Fiji, and L.A. Back in NYC, 
Scott Kessler was excited to move into 
Stuyvesant Town with Kevin Croken. Midd 
Kids welcome. Scott’s the assistant project 
manager at the New York State Energy Research 
and Development Authority. Sarah Bray has 

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joined Saveur magazine—a gourmet food, wine, 
and travel magazine that specializes in essays 
about various world cuisines—as an integrated 
marketing manager doing print, online, and event 
programs for advertisers. * Francie 
Kammeraad wrapped up her teaching job in 
North Carolina and headed to law school at 
Vanderbilt. If you are in Tennessee, give her a 
ring! Also moving on to grad school, Amanda 
Brickell closed out two years at Cambridge 
Associates, an investment advisory firm, to move 
on to UNC-Chapel Hill to get her Ph.D. in 19th- 
century U.S. and Russian history. Be sure to give 
Amanda a heads-up if you end up in Research 
Triangle sometime during the year. Chrissy 
Fulton finished a successful two years admitting 
the highly lauded Classes of 2013 and 2014 into 
Middlebury and accepted an offer to work in 
admissions at Princeton Univ., starting this past 
July. We Ye working on adding some orange flair 
to her wardrobe. Back in Vermont, Erin 
McCormick rounded out her job in the 
stewardship office of College Advancement at 
Middlebury to start work as part of the interactive 
team at Eating Well Media Group in Charlotte, 

Vt. She’s also a proud new owner of a house in 
Middlebury. Ted Parker and Heather 
Harken recently celebrated with friends and the 
D8’s crooning accompaniment in New York’s 
Central Park. They were looking forward to 
moving into the city together this fall. Both are 
schoolteachers in the metro area. Ryan 
Tauriainen closed out his commitment with 
Teach for America and has moved in with his 
partner in Washington, D.C., to begin working at 
the Knowledge Is Power Program in the nation’s 
capital. Robbie de Picciotto began work at a 
sports marketing firm in Boston and was lucky 
enough to head over to the World Cup this 
summer. * To close, a devastating piece of class 
news to share. Our beloved classmate, Ian 
Burgin, was killed in a car accident on Friday, 
August 20, in St. Albans, Vt. His mother, his sister, 
and his girlfriend, our classmate Audrey Nelson, 
were also in the car. All will remember Ian for his 
charming smile, brilliant intellect, earnest nature, 
and kind spirit. He was truly one of the most 
talented, kind and genuine guys you could ever 
meet, a true Renaissance man as some would say, 
and our hearts and thoughts go out to Audrey and 
his family in these difficult times. 

—Class Correspondents: Michelle Cadyfmichelle.; Laura Lee 

M This past summer Luisa Covaria. 

George Mynatt. Farhan Ahmed. 
Ioana Literat. and Louis Lobel ’08, 
who started the multimedia arts collective called 
The Melting Iceberg, partnered with the United 
World College in Norway to film a documentary 
about a UWC Youth Leadership Summer Course 
being held in China. Check out what they’ve 
done at * 
Alex Grieves spent last year with PiA 
(Princeton-in-Asia) doing a yearlong fellowship at 
WildChina, a sustainable adventure travel 
company in Beijing. She worked on marketing, 
public relations, and social media and led a few 
trips, such as a trip for PiA’s Summer of Service 
fellows through western China’s Gansu province. 
She loved it and planned to stay another year. 
There are a ton of Midd Kids in China! Alex says 
she hung out a lot with Grace Rumford in 
Beijing and saw Bobby Gosney. Gregory 

Arthur Behrens, Jess Jong, and Charlie Evans 
’08 in Shanghai. Also in Asia, Sam Lazarus 
finished up his year with PiA teaching in Taiwan. 

Annie Onishi finished her first year of 
medical school in June and worked on a science 
project for the summer. She was happy to show 
Maggie Smith around her NYC neighborhood 
of Washington Heights. She’s been training for 
the New York City Marathon and fully expects 
to beat every woman running in a skirt. She really 
hates running skirts. Ryan Kellett has been 
working at the College in the President’s Office 
since February when he graduated and is looking 
for jobs in media/journalism. He produced 
several videos this summer during the Language 
Schools for the Communications Office. Check 
them out at by browsing the 
Dispatches. Alex Yule was quite busy, 
spending two months traveling through Central 
America and three weeks going across the U.S., 
seeing some Midd Kids along the way. He’s now 
settled into his new life and job in Redlands, 
Calif., working for ESRI making sweet Web 
maps. Katie Washburn has a nuptial to 
announce; she married Duston Mason on July 17 
on Seabrook Island, S.C. She and Duston moved 
to Houston, Texas, where he attends graduate 
school and she teaches sixth-grade English and 
reading at Yes Prep East End. Dave Small 
moved out to San Francisco in June to take a job 
as a mobile evangelist with Blackboard Mobile. 
They build mobile apps for universities, and Dave 
supports sales efforts, getting his hands dirty in 
the business world and in turn getting the 
business world dirty with him. 1 Sarah 
Emmons ventured to Paraguay to visit Jessica 
Clayton, who is serving as an agricultural Peace 
Corps volunteer. Sarah helped her teach English, 
milk cows, and work the garden. Stephanie 
Toriumi recently finished the io-month 
program at the Inter-University Center for 
Japanese Language Studies in Yokohama, Japan. 
She works as the coordinator of international 
relations in Ishigaki, Okinawa, for the JET 
Program. 3 Rashna Kharas works in NYC as a 
fashion merchandiser and volunteers in the Seeds 
of Peace office. Sasha Garfield was selected 
for the Teach for America program and began 
teaching in Connecticut this fall. 

—Class Correspondents: Chandler Koglmeier 
(; Eva Nixon 

■ The May graduates of the Class of 

■ I I 2010 have left the dormitories of 

■■ Middlebury, some with more regret 

than others, but most of us ready to head out into 
the world and get started with “real” life. * The 
summer provided a time for many of us to revert 
to childhood dreams by spending the time at 
summer camps. Laura Dalton was at a 4UR 
Ranch in Colorado, which is a guest dude ranch 
that specializes in fly-fishing. Glen Frieden 
was a counselor/assistant at Georgetown 
Preparatory School’s Summer ESL Program. * 
Sarah Bryan was a camp counselor for the 
summer at Cheley Colorado Camp in Estes Park. 

Sarah Buck also spent the summer with 
children by teaching eighth-grade math and 
Spanish to underserved inner-city children in 
Atlanta. * Other May graduates have already 
begun research for different programs. Kelly 
Bennion spent the summer as a research intern in 
the Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Lab at 
Boston College, and this fall is pursuing her 

M.Ed. at Harvard Univ. in the Mind. Brain, and 
Education Program. Yu Wang is working on 
operation research at Columbia Univ. this fall, 
after spending the summer at Collins Stewart. * 
Grace Taylor began her studies at the BU School 
of Social Work this fall. ‘ Jack Reed is working 
in the art dept, at Trinity College in Hartford, 
Conn., starting his career as a fine artist! * Other 
classmates are ready to move from the student role 
to the teacher role. In Connecticut both Jane 
Mullery Doar and Sarah Bryan are teaching 
apprentices at New Canaan Country School and 
Raina Lynn Crawford and Lani Wright are 
Lower School interns at Greenwich Academy. At 
the neighboring all-boys’ school, Alice Ford is a 
teaching intern at Brunswick. To round out the 
Connecticut teaching contingent, Edward Paul 
Gallagher is teaching in Danbury. 1 In NYC, 
Dallas Moody and Dale Freundlich are corps 
members for Teach for America. H. Kay 
Merriman is a fellow for the Patrons Program 
and is doing development and marketing work for 
St. Brigid Catholic School in New York City’s 
East Village. She still lives with her college 
roommate of three years, Dale Freundlich. * In 
nearby New Jersey, Max Kennedy is teaching 
math and physics and coaching hockey at the 
Pennington School. 4 For the coming year, 
several May graduates are traveling abroad to 
become unofficial ambassadors of Middlebury 
College fun. Alex Fisher is working at the 
International School of Choueifat in Doha, Qatar, 
teaching preschool-age children. Amanda 
Granger was a bilingual assistant this summer at 
Middlebury’s Chinese School, and she’s now in 
Shanghai working as a foreign paralegal at a law 
firm. Bianca Franqui is also traveling abroad 
to study art history in China after completing her 
summer studies at the Chinese School. Beth 
Connolly returned to Italy this fall after spending 
the summer as a chef in the kosher kitchen at the 
College. And Hannah Burnett is a 
Princeton-in-Africa fellow for the year, working 
at the NGO mothers2mothers, based in Cape 
Town, South Africa. * Some of our more 
“ES-ey” classmates are making progress in 
environmental efforts. Roz Vara spent the 
summer working for the Nature Conservancy in 
California. Chris Free spent the summer 
working for Audubon Alaska, doing conservation 
GIS work developing a new methodology for 
delineating important bird areas, and he continues 
this fall working on a project modeling mahogany 
population dynamics from Burlington, Vt. * 
Emily May has headed to western Washington 
to get down and dirty at an organic vegetable 
farm. Kaitlyn Fallon has moved from the 
basketball arena to the legal arena; she spent the 
summer working for Cozen O’Connor law firm 
in Philadelphia, and this October, she headed to 
work for the NYC district attorney’s office. * 
Likewise, Sarah Buck is working for public 
interests by being a campus organizer with U.S. 
PIRG on the West Coast for this next year. 4 
Patrick Ford and Ben Cotton are working in 
Boston, and Dana Heritage works for a small 
women’s clothing company outside of Boston 
called Trimdin/Winding River Company. * 
Mimi Micner is in New York working with an 
Israeli-Palestinian peace organization called 
Meretz USA. 

—Class Correspondents: Alice Ford (alicemarieford@;Johnny Williams (jonathan@middlehury. 

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Helen Revere Hatch. 103, ofVenice, 
Fla., on December 10, 2009. With a 
master’s from NYU, she was a French teacher 
for 37 years in Mamaroneck and Rochester, N.Y. 
Predeceased by husband Dwight and son Stephen, 
she is survived by niece Betty Ollweiler. 

Allyn B. White, 98, of Orland, Maine, 
on December 6, 2009. After earn¬ 
ing a master’s in electron physics from MIT, 
he also received a fellowship at Woods Hole 
Oceanographic Institution in physical oceanog¬ 
raphy and a fellowship at the Univ. of Rochester 
in nuclear physics. During WWII he worked 
in the MIT Radiation Lab, then worked at 
Photoswitch/Electronics Corp. of America for 10 
years and Edgerton, Germeshausen and Grier for 
13 years. Retiring early, he and his wife moved to 
Nova Scotia where he became an active volunteer. 
He greatly enjoyed square dancing. Predeceased 
by first wife Janet (Bridgeman), second wife 
Grace (Nelsen), and stepson Jonathon Smith, he is 
survived by stepsons David Davis and Pliny Smith, 
stepdaughters Barbara Larkin and Sarah Joslin and 
many stepgrandchildren and great-grandchildren. 
Deceased Middlebury relatives include mother 
Edna Allyn White ’28 and uncle Lester Allyn ’18. 

Evelyn Poppel Gerard. 94, of 

Ormond Beach, Fla., and Kennebunk, 
Maine, on January 11, 2010. After being named 
Middlebury’s first “Snow Queen,” she gradu¬ 
ated and earned a master’s in library science 
from Simmons College. She was head librarian 
at Manchester (Conn.) High School for over 
25 years and also served as associate director at 
Camp Asto Wamah in Columbia, Conn., from 
1941—1953. In Kennebunk she was a member of 
the Madonna Chapter of the Eastern Star, the 
Webhannet Golf Club, the Historical Society, 
and was a docent at the Nott House. In Ormond 
Beach she was a member of the Seaside Singers 
and Show Club Follies. A loyal alumna, she 
donated a Tiffany candy dish to the College. 
Predeceased by first husband John Gerard, she is 
survived by second husband Kenneth Wentworth, 
son Ronald, daughter Poppy Mastrovita, four 
grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. 

Ruth van Sickle Robinson, 93, of 

West Orange, N.J., on December 25, 

2009. She worked as a customer service represen¬ 
tative for New Jersey Bell in Newark, as a sales 
clerk for Arnold, Constable in West Orange, and 
as a teller for Midlantic Bank in Pleasantdale for 
many years. She was a lifelong New York Ranger 
fan. Predeceased by first husband Bernard Dyer 
in 1991 and second husband Robert Robinson ’37 
in 2006, she is survived by sons Michael, Thomas, 
and Christopher, daughter Daphne, and five 

Field H. Winslow, 93, of Warren, N.J., 
on December 16, 2009. With a Ph.D. 
from Cornell Univ., he worked on the Manhattan 
Project where he helped develop early fluoropoly- 
mers. Joining Bell Labs in 1945, he became head 
of polymer research and development (R&D) and 
organic chemistry R&D. In 2010 he was inducted 
posthumously into the National Inventors Hall 
of Fame for his work at Bell Labs stabilizing the 
polymers used to coat communications cable, 
which helped make universal telephone service 
possible. Deceased Middlebury relatives include 
uncles Gino Ratti, Class of 1907, Amerigo 

Ratti, Class of 1911, Aldo Ratti ’15, and Hugo 
Ratti ’22, and cousin Richard Hill 49. Surviving 
Middlebury relatives include brother Eugene 
Winslow ’40, niece Jill Winslow ’77, and cousins 
Donald Hill ’50 and Hugo Ratti ’55. 

Denise Peloquin Coenen. 91, of 

Salisbury, Conn., on January 6, 2010. 
During WWII she worked as a secretary and 
French translator to the head of Gevaert Co. in 
Williamstown, Mass. She also worked at Sprague 
Electric. Always active, she enjoyed golf and 
bowling and was a dedicated volunteer for various 
organizations. Predeceased by husband Albert and 
son Albert Jr., she is survived by son Christopher, 
daughter Nancy, and six grandchildren. Surviving 
Middlebury relatives include niece Julie Campoli 

John C. Lundrigan, 89, of 

Williamsville, N.Y., on January 9, 2010. 
During WWII he joined the U.S. Marine Corps 
and served as a combat officer, leading troops 
in the battles for Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Saipan, 
Tinian, and Okinawa, earning the Purple Heart 
and the Bronze Star. Remaining in the Marine 
Corps, he served in the Korean War, earn¬ 
ing another Bronze Star, and was stationed in 
Taiwan from 1959—1961, receiving the U.S. Army 
Commendation Medal. Retiring in 1963, he 
settled in Buffalo, N.Y., and became VP and 
personnel director at Erie County Savings Bank. 
Survivors include wife Barbara Ann (Notman), 
daughters Leslie Ann, Sarah, and Barbara, five 
grandchildren includingjessica Ross ’06, and two 

Elva Tarbell Procopio, 88, of Southbridge, 
Mass., on January 18, 2010. After graduation she 
taught French and English in Lake Luzerne, N.Y. 
Moving to Amherst, Mass., with her family, she 
was involved in Women’s Club, the University 
Women, and her church. In the late ’70s she 
went to work for the First National Bank of 
Amherst/Shawmut Bank of Hampshire County. 
Predeceased by first husband Kenneth Johnson, 
she is survived by husband Paul, sons Sanford 
and Kenneth, daughters Amaret and Anita, two 
stepdaughters, eight grandchildren, and two 
great-grandchildren. Deceased Middlebury rela¬ 
tives include sister Irene Tarbell Wheeler ’31. 

Allen G. Vickers, 88, of Coopers Mills, Maine, 
on December 9, 2009. A lifelong educator, he be¬ 
gan his career by teaching math in the Navy V-12 
program at Middlebury during WWII. He then 
taught math at Tabor Academy in Marion, Mass., 
before serving as headmaster at three schools, 
including Lake Forest Academy in Illinois. He 
concluded his career by teaching math at Iolini 
School in Honolulu, Hawaii. Retiring to Isleboro, 
Maine, he served as a town assessor for several 
years. Survivors include wife Sarah (Tyler) 42, 
daughters Christina and Virginia, son Tyler, and 
four grandchildren. 

Charles F. Baird, 87, of Purchase, N.Y., 
on Decembei*26, 2009. During WWII 
he served in the U.S. Marine Corps in Guam 
and China, then served again in the Korean 
War. He spent 17 years working for Exxon, then 
served as Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Navy for 
financial management and, during the Vietnam 
War, as Undersecretary of the Navy. He joined 
the International Nickel Co. of Canada as VP of 

finance and eventually rose to CEO. He served 
on many boards including the Board of Advisers 
of the Naval War College, the Bank of Montreal, 
and Bucknell Univ., who awarded him an honor¬ 
ary Doctor of Laws in 1986. He enjoyed playing 
competitive platform tennis and won 23 national 
senior titles. In 1992 he was inducted into the 
Platform Tennis Hall of Fame. Survivors include 
wife Norma (White), daughters Susan and Nancy, 
sons Stephen and Charles, and eight grand¬ 

Alice Ashley Costello, 83, of Newton, 
Mass., on December 20, 2009. After 
graduation she attended New York Law School, 
earning her degree in 1953 and being admitted 
to the NYC bar. In 1968 she was admitted to 
the New Jersey bar and worked for the Mercer 
County Legal Aid Society, eventually becoming 
executive director. After serving eight years, she 
opened her own practice. Predeceased by husband 
Paul 49, she is survived by sons Patrick, Stephen, 
and Michael, and four grandchildren. 

Alice Leach Marxreiter, 84, of Briarcliff, 

N.Y., on January 17, 2010. After attending 
Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School, she worked 
for advertising firms and Time magazine before 
raising her family. She was an active volunteer in 
her community. A longtime member of Sleepy 
Hollow Country Club, she enjoyed playing golf 
and bridge. Predeceased by husband Max, she is 
survived by sons Ronald and Robert, daughter 
Amy Courtney, four grandchildren, and three 

Jacqueline Shumaker Reinhardt. 83, of 

Tenants Harbor, Maine, on April 14, 2009. With 
a master’s from Barnard Teachers College, she 
taught in several schools including the American 
School in Paris, France, and various schools in 
New York. After moving to Maine, she taught at 
St. George Junior High School, retiring in 1987. 
Survivors include husband William, sons William 
and Mark, daughter Beth, and two grandchildren. 

Selma Weiss Coons, 83, of 

Poughkeepsie, N.Y., on January 26, 2010. 
With a master’s in education from SUNY New 
Paltz, she taught French in the Spackenkill School 
District for many years and often took her stu¬ 
dents on trips to France. After retiring she volun¬ 
teered with Meals on Wheels, was a docent at the 
Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Valkill, and tutored 
children. She is survived by daughter Laura. 

Benjamin H. Bond Jr.. 86, of 

Honolulu, Hawaii, on January 9, 2010. 
During WWII, he served in the Army. He joined 
his father in business at Territorial Savings Bank 
in Honolulu in 1949 and retired as chairman of 
the board in 1983. He was active in many non¬ 
profits, such as the Hawaiian Mission Children’s 
Society, and served on several corporate boards. 
Predeceased by wife Mary-Mae (Wild) and son 
Michael, he is survived by sons Benjamin III and 
Steve. Deceased Middlebury relatives include 
brother Charles Bond ’50. Surviving Middlebury 
relatives include brother Renton ’51, nephews 
Douglass ’77 and Peter ’84 Bond, and cousin Polly 
Moore Walters ’65. 

Douglas G. Christie. 85, of West Hartford, 
Conn., on December 3, 2009. During WWII he 
served in the U.S. Navy on the U.S. McGowan. 

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With a master’s from Teachers College, Columbia 
Univ., he spent his career in education. He worked 
as a high school teacher, the principal of Parish 
Hill High School in Chaplin, Conn., and as 
principal of Conard High School and director of 
continuing education in West Hartford. He also 
devoted time to various environmental and politi¬ 
cal causes. Predeceased by wife Margaret (Brown), 
he is survived by daughters Anne ’80 and Jean, son 
James, and one grandchild. 

Mary Seacord Shahan. 81 , of Manchester, 
N.H., on December 4, 2009. For several years 
she worked as a hostess for Southern Railway. 
Once her children were grown, she earned an 
accounting degree and worked for 25 years as a 
bookkeeper in Boston, Mass. She loved travel 
and went on several Elderhostels. Predeceased by 
husband Robert 49, she is survived by daugh¬ 
ters Leslie Taylor ’78 and Becky Berk, and four 

Elizabeth Van Splinter Thomson, 81, of 

Wyckoff, N.J., on December 22, 2009. After 
graduation she worked in a bank and then at a 
telephone company as a service representative. In 
1980 she took a travel agent course and worked 
at Waldwick Travel in New Jersey, enjoying her 
many travels as an agent. Survivors include daugh¬ 
ters Ann, Laura, and Margaret, son Robert, and 
nine grandchildren. 

M Bard E. Lindeman, 81, of Stone 

Mountain, Ga., on December 2, 2009. 

He began his longtime career in journalism while 
serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War 
and writing for the Stars and Stripes. He continued 
writing for various publications, and in 1980, 
became the editor of New Choices , one of the first 
magazines on aging. He created a column called 
“Gray Matters” that eventually ran in 100 news¬ 
papers. He was also the author of two books, The 
Twins Who Found Each Other and Be An Outrageous 
Older Man: Action Guide for Men 50 and Beyond. 

For over 20 years he taught creative writing at 
Emory University’s Lifelong Learning Program. 
Predeceased by first wife Adele (Mullen) ’52, he 
is survived by wife Jan (Still), sons Paul and Leslie 
’78, daughter Janet, and six grandchildren. 

E 1 Homer L. Gowing. 83, of Mattapoisett, 
JL Mass., on December 25, 2009. During 
WWII he served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific 
Theater. After graduation, he worked for Arthur 
D. Little & Co. and spent a year in Nassau work¬ 
ing for St. Regis Paper Co. He then spent 25 years 
at U.S. Envelope/Westvaco in the marketing 
division in Springfield, Mass. Predeceased by wife 
Jane (Towers), he is survived by daughter Patricia, 
sons Stephen and James, and six grandchildren. 

James C. Straney. 81, of Clifton Park. N.Y., on 
December 16, 2009. An Army veteran, he served 
in the Korean War and was also employed by the 
Pentagon from 1951—1955- hi 1958 he earned a 

In Memoriam 

Dcsvid W. Ginevexn 

September 4, 1941-AuGUST 22, 2010 

D avid W. Ginevan, 68, former executive vice 
president and treasurer of the College, died 
August 22, 2010. With a BS in education from 
California State College in Pennsylvania, he served as 
assistant director of men’s housing and later as assistant 
dean of men and director of university housing at the 
University of Pittsburgh. He also earned an M.Ed. and 
MBA and did doctoral work at Pitt. He was then director 
of general services and housing at Carnegie Mellon 
University. He was an ardent Pittsburgh Steelers fan. 

Coming to Middlebury in 1973, he served as budget director and assistant treasurer 
to Carroll Rikert. Over the years he left a remarkable imprint on Middlebury as 
steward of the College’s financial resources. By 1983 he had been appointed VP for 
administration and treasurer, by 1996 executive VP and treasurer, and in 1999 he 
became executive VP for facilities planning and treasurer emeritus. During his tenure 
the endowment grew eightfold and the square footage on campus nearly tripled. He was 
also responsible for early efforts at sustainability by supporting the student-led recycling 
program in the 1990s and leading the College’s commitment to environmentally sound 

One of his most enduring legacies at Middlebury came from his firm belief that 
students should have the chance to be involved in campus initiatives. He enjoyed 
working with students and actively sought and supported their ideas so they would 
become tangible to campus life. He routinely included students in new projects and 
initiatives, which became an important part of their education. 

He also served as a vital link between the campus and the community, serving 
actively on various boards including 10 years on the Porter Medical Center board. 

After retiring in 2004, he and wife Anne moved to Sun City Center, Florida. 

Survivors include wife Anne, son Douglas ’92, daughters Colleen and Kate, and 
several grandchildren. 

degree from Albany Law School and founded 
his own law firm, practicing law for 32 years. 
Predeceased by wife Christina (Anderson) and 
son Charles, he is survived by sons Christopher 
and Sean, and five grandchildren. 

M Jean Hosford Bovington. 79, of 

Conifer, Colo., on December 13, 2009. 
With a master’s in education from Case Western 
Reserve Univ., she taught kindergarten and did 
substitute teaching for many years. In 1980 she 
began work as an agent and registered representa¬ 
tive for the Aetna Life Insurance and Annuity Co., 
selling life insurance, annuities, pensions, and 
IRAs. Building a strong business, she won every 
major sales award Aetna had to give and was a 
life member of the Million Dollar Round Table. 
Predeceased by husband John, she is survived by 
daughter Wendell ’78, sons David and John, and 
nine grandchildren, including Patrick ’08, Luke 
’11, and Caleb ’14 Cunningham. She is also sur¬ 
vived by five stepchildren, 10 stepgrandchildren, 
and sister Mary Hosford Cathcart ’49. 

James K. Hutchinson. 79, of Elizabethton, 
Tenn., on January 5, 2010. After graduation, he 
joined the U.S. Navy and served in the Korean 
War. His career was in sales of both pharmaceu¬ 
ticals and industrial chemicals. He was a member 
of the local fire dept, and the National Historical 
Railroad Society. Predeceased by son Gregory, he 
is survived by wife Hayes (Dyckman), son Dirk, 
daughters Kiersten and Anne, and one grandchild. 

(5 O J ames W. Ferris. 79, ofMashpee, Mass., 
ww on December 14, 2009. During the 
Korean War he was a paratrooper with the 188th 
Airborne Infantry Regiment at Fort Campbell, 

Ky. After the service he owned and operated a 
successful tool rental business. An avid sailor, in 
1972 he competed in the Observer Singlehanded 
Trans Atlantic Race from Plymouth, England, to 
Newport, R.I., and came in 10th overall. He is 
survived by children Susan, Hamilton, William, 
and Ann, and four grandchildren. 

Barbara Whitehouse Jones, 78, of Edmond, 
Okla., on December 23, 2009. With gradu¬ 
ate work in journalism at the Univ. of Arizona, 
she pursued a career in communications. She 
worked at the Numerical Analysis Center at the 
Univ. of Arizona then upon moving to Hawaii, 
became the public relations director for Planned 
Parenthood. In 1980, she became the scientific 
editor for the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics, re¬ 
tiring in 1996. During that time she wrote, edited, 
and compiled the in-house newsletter. Survivors 
include husband Rollin, and daughter Kimberly 
and her husband, Benjamin Weiss. 

M Lucille Sala Meharg. 77, of 

Wilmington, Del., on January 4, 2010. 
After graduating from the Univ. of Delaware, 
she taught briefly at her alma mater, Tatnall 
School. A loyal alumna of Tatnall, the Alumni 
Service Award, which she received in 1982, has 
been named after her. In 1967 she joined the 
faculty of the Upland Country Day School in 
Kennett Square, Pa., and taught Latin and French 
for many years. In 2001 Tatnall awarded her the 
Distinguished Alumni Award. She is survived 
by son David, daughters Luisa Santocchi and 
Margaret Meharg, and 10 grandchildren. 

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John A. Merwin Jr.. 77, of Corpus Christi, 
Texas, on January 30, 2010. He served in the 
U.S. Army during the Korean War, then after 
graduating from Middlebury, he spent his career 
in marketing and management with both 
Tenneco and Occidental Petroleum. After living 
many different places, he and his wife retired to 
Padre Island where he enjoyed playing golf and 
making stained-glass creations. Preceded in death 
by twin brother James ’54, he is survived by wife 
Joan (Mundy), sons Miles and William, daughter 
Elizabeth, and two grandsons. 

Gerritt S. Van Riper. 77, of Scotia, 
N.Y., on December 12, 2009. He served 
in the U.S. Air Force for over 23 years, includ¬ 
ing service in Vietnam where he completed 
over 200 combat missions. Flying as a Misty, he 
received numerous medals for meritorious service 
including the Distinguished Flying Cross and 
the Bronze Star. After retiring as a colonel, he 
worked as a real estate broker. He is survived by 
wife Elizabeth, daughter Brooke, and one grand¬ 

Janies B. Cadenhead, 64, of Brooklyn, 
N.Y., on June 17, 2009. After graduation 
he taught French in upstate New York and also 
taught in the South Bronx. He then worked for 
the government as a welfare caseworker and as a 
Social Security disability analyst reconsideration 
specialist. He enjoyed vacationing in Paris and 
raising dwarf and lop-eared rabbits. 

David N. Weinstein. 63, ofBozeman, 
Mont., on December 21, 2009. With a 
degree from the Univ. of Maine School of Law, 
he began his legal career in St. Johnsbury, Vt., in 
private practice before becoming deputy state’s at¬ 
torney of Caledonia County. In 1977 he returned 
to private practice before being elected Essex 
County state’s attorney in 1982. With his father, 
he also ran the National Ski Credit Assoc, and the 
American Boardsailing Credit Assoc. Passionate 
about nonprofits, he served on many boards. He 
was a trustee of the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum and 
was an active docent in their art gallery. Upon 
moving to Bozeman, he became a docent at the 
Museum of the Rockies. He was also an avid ski¬ 
er. Survivors include daughters Anna ’94, Alison, 
and Gillian, their mother Dorothy Shea ’70, and 
three grandchildren. Surviving Middlebury rela¬ 
tives include nephew Warren Fish ’97. 


Jacques Cotnam. 68, of Quebec City, Canada, 
on June 5, 2010. A professor for 40 years at York 
Univ. in Toronto, he was one of the founding 
fathers of the French Studies Program at the 
university. He led the move to include French 
Canadian and French literature and culture as 
part of the program. A dedicated scholar and 
literary critic, he was the author of 20 books and 
specialized in 20th-century French literature, 
particularly the works of novelist Andre Gide. 
During the 1990s he taught Quebec literature at 
Middlebury’s French School. He is survived by 
wife Claire and daughter Genevieve. 


Grace Hawkins Barberis, 77, of Bridport, Vt., 
on June 12, 2010. A graduate of Vermont College 

in Montpelier, Vt., she served as a cataloging 
assistant in the College library for 38 years. She 
was very active in the community, serving on 
various political committees such as the Addison 
County Republican Committee, and she was 
listed in Who’s Who in American Politics. She was 
a member of the Middlebury Congregational 
Church and the Community Chorus, and 
was a director of Middlebury Land Trust and 
the Addison County Chamber of Commerce. 

She volunteered for numerous organizations, 
including the American Red Cross and several 
local museums. Predeceased by husband Daniel, 
she is survived by stepsons Carl and John Barberis 
and two stepgrandchildren. 

Robert J. Malone. 81, of Whiting, Vt., on 
March 2, 2010. While raising his family in Long 
Island and New Jersey, he worked in human 
resources for Arabian American Oil in NYC 
and C.F. Braun and Allied Chemical Wilputte 
Division in New Jersey. Moving to Vermont in 
1981, he worked in the Public Safety Office at 
the College for 13 years before retiring in 1994. 
Survivors include two daughters and several 
grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

Lyle W. Webb Sr.. 73, ofShoreham, Vt., on 
April 22, 2010. He worked from 1982 to 1999 as a 
custodian at the College and after retiring, he was 
self-employed. He enjoyed “old tyme” fiddling 
music, the Tunbridge Fair, and his church. 
Survivors include wife Helena (Martell), sons 
Lyle Jr., James, and Richard, daughters Kathy 
Webb and Sherry Williams, stepchildren Susan 
and Peter Manning, and many grandchildren and 


Alicia de Larrocha, 86, of Barcelona, Spain, 
on September 25, 2009. A renowned Spanish 
pianist, she was esteemed for her elegant 
Mozart performances and interpretations of 
Spanish composers. She gave her debut public 
performance at age five during the International 
Exposition in Barcelona, by age nine had her first 
vinyl record produced, and by age 11 was already 
a soloist with the Madrid Symphony Orchestra. 

As a young adult, she played the major musical 
centers around Europe and made her first trip 
to the U.S. in 1955. She toured with the L.A. 
Philharmonic and became a regular performer 
at New York’s Lincoln Center. She was awarded 
many prizes, and several colleges bestowed 
honorary degrees on her. Middlebury’s Language 
Schools awarded her a Doctor of Arts in 1985. She 
was married to the late Spanish pianist Juan Torra, 
and her children Juan and Alicia survive her. 


Mary Ann Lloyd-Jones O’Brien, 92, 

MA French, of Sunderland, Mass., on 
July 31, 2009. With knowledge of Spanish and 
French, she worked at the Pentagon and for the 
Foreign Service in Ecuador and Cuba. From 
1965-1979, she taught Spanish and French at 
Holyoke (Mass.) Community College before 
retiring to Arizona. 

Ruth Whittredgc, 101, MA Spanish, 
of Salem, Mass., on December 10, 2009. 
During W WII, she worked for the U.S. Army 
Signal Corps. With a Ph.D. in French from Bryn 

Mawr College, she held numerous teaching posi¬ 
tions at various colleges, including teaching at the 
Middlebury Spanish School from 1942-1945 and 
serving as professor of Spanish at Tufts Univ. from 

Robert E. Foss, 80, MA French, of 
Tampa, Fla., on November 24, 2009. 
After serving his country in the Korean War, he 
taught in several schools in the U.S. and also in 
Cambodia. For more than 20 years he taught in 
Beirut, Lebanon, before retiring to Tampa. 

Edward B. Roesler, 74, MA German, 
of Meriden, Conn., on December 23, 
2009. After serving in the Army and being sta¬ 
tioned in Germany, he worked as a German pro¬ 
fessor at SUNY Oneonta and led student groups 
to Europe with the Experiment in International 
Living. After a variety of jobs, he spent the last 10 
years before retirement as a certified nurse’s aide 
for private agencies and at the Hospital for Special 
Care in New Britain, Conn. 

Richard W. Lessard. 88, MA French, 
of Gorham, N.H., on October 31, 2009. 
With a lifetime career in education, he served as 
music director at Mount Saint Michael Academy 
in the Bronx, N.Y., taught chemistry at Marist 
High School in Tyngsborough, Mass., and taught 
French at Gorham High School from 1960-1983. 

John J. Gilroy. 74, MA French, of 
Issaquah, Wash., on December 26, 2009. 
With a Ph.D. from the Univ. of Pittsburgh, he 
was a teacher and dean of education at Seattle 

^n Lawrence Cabot. 74, MA French, of 
M WCambridge, Mass., on January 11, 2010. 

He taught at Buckingham Browne & Nichols 
School for 35 years and coached crew there for 
over 40 years. He was a longtime trustee and 
organizer of the Head of the Charles Regatta. 

Robert W. Lesh, 62, MA Italian, of 
Chicago, Ill., on November 6, 2009. 
Proficient in six languages and with several mas¬ 
ter’s degrees, he taught French in private schools 
in North Palm Beach, Fla., and Atlanta, Ga., from 
I 975 -1 9^5- In 1986 he began a job as an Africana 
cataloguer at Northwestern Univ. Library in 
Evanston, Ill., retiring in 2008. 

Elizabeth Fennelly Sasser. 59, MA 

Italian, of Aiken, S.C., on December 
28, 2009. After studying at Wharton School 
of Business, she spent her professional career in 
marketing with Revlon and Jones New York at 

Dora Maillaro-Tomalonis, 54, 

MA English, of Roseville, Mich., on 
December 22, 2009. 

Maura J. Danahy, 32, MA French, of 
Falls Church, Va., on November 24, 
2009. She was an elementary school teacher in the 
Arlington Public School System, specializing in 
English as a Second Language. 

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Sugarbush, Views and 
Minutes to College Campus 

Choose your home site on 1 of 
2 pieces of property w/ views 
of the Green Mnts or sweeping 
views south to the Taconics. 
Land features include sugar- 
bush, woods & open fields. A 
stunning property & a perfect 
place for your dream house! 

Lot 1- $ 255,000 (26 +/- acres)* 
Lot 2: $ 270,000 ( 30.9 +/- acres)* 

*Division line TBD 

Minutes to Middlebury College 

Currier & Ives setting, on a 
quiet country road just 10 mins 
from Middlebury. Large maple 
& locust trees adorn the lawn of 
this charming, 1850 renovated 
farmhouse on 83 +/- acres. The 
6000 sqft house lives well as a 
single family home or as easily w/ 
a mother-in-law apartment &/or 
home business. Beautiful carriage 
paths throughout property, barns, outbuildings & fully equipped, 3 bedroom 
guest house! $ 1 , 620,000 

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Christmas, Thanksgiving Or New 
Years In Midd. Comfortable old 
farmhouse in Cornwall three min¬ 
utes from the College, sleeps ten in 
five rooms, all with private bath, for 
rent at Christmas, Thanksgiving or 
New Years and other selected periods 
including Midd reunion, excluding 
graduation and family weekends. 

Well equipped, wood burning fire¬ 
place, cooking basics included, etc. 
Four day minimum. 802.462.2272, 

BreadLoaf Retreat. Adjacent to 
the BL campus; mountain views and 
open fields. Charming home with 
modern kitchens and bathrooms, 
fireplaces, wrap-around porch, grill, 
bicycles. Rent weekly as 4 BR/3.5 
bath; 3 BR/2.5 bath; or 1 BR/i bath. 
vermonthouse. Phone 914.723.1565. 

Lake Dunmore Rental. Nicely 
furnished lakefront cottage, sleeps 4. 
Winterized with furnace, fireplace, 
firewood, well water. Available year- 
round. Perfect for visiting families 
of Middlebury students. Call Elbert 
MacFadden: 845.331.7700 or email 

Mad River, Sugarbush Area. 

Comfortable farmhouse for up to 20. 
Ski season: $>5o/day, 2 day minimum. 
Matthew Her ’88. 978.922.6903. 

Mount Desert Island, Maine. 

Beautiful, shorefront house with 
dock, tennis court & pool (sleeps 
7). Four additional cabins available 
for larger groups (max. 17). Enjoy 
the activities of Acadia National 
Park in your backyard. Avail. May- 

Vail. 3 BR/3 BA. Views, green¬ 
house windows, patio, fireplace, 
aspens, for 

Fort Myers Beach, FL. Beachfront 

condominium on the Gulf of Mexico. 
Wonderful birds, great sunsets, Naples 

culture nearby. Two bedrooms and 
baths, monthly minimum. Contact 
203.637.0553 or 

Clayton’s Cabin, Sun Valley, 

Idaho. 2 BR remodeled rustic 
cabin. Wi-Fi, cable TV, w/d, wood- 
stove, wonderful kitchen. Contact 

Puerto Rico, 2 bedroom in luxury 
complex, pool, near 5 star hotels, 

Provence, France: Two village 
houses near Vaison-La-Romaine. 
Bases for relaxation and exploration. 
Rent reasonably by week. Call 
619.342.6149 or 276.676.2292, 

France, Burgundy. The 
Gardener’s Cottage. Charming 
18th century house in quiet French 
hamlet near Beaune beside historic 
chateau. Guests have open access 
to Chateau gardens. Easy drive to 
Burgundian vineyards, Romanesque 
churches, chateaux, great restaurants. 
Luxuriously furnished living room, 
gourmet kitchen, dining room; three 
bedrooms, two bathrooms with 
showers, private garden. Dishwasher, 
washer, dryer, Wi Fi, Cable TV. 
Bicycles included. $ 1,200 to $ 1,500/ 
week, www.franceburgundycottage. 
com. Tel 802.453.7855. 

Paris. Elegant Left Bank 

Apartment. Sixth arrondissement. 
Walk to the Seine, the Louvre, and 
the Luxembourg Garden. Near 
open-air market. 609.924.7520, 

Dordogne France. Lovely fully- 
equipped home with spacious rooms 
in countryside overlooking Vezere 
River valley one kilometer from 
village designated a most beautiful 
village in France. Private two acres, 3 
double bedrooms, 3.5 baths, heated 
pool. For pictures, description, rates, 
contact owner: 847.657.8144. 

Rome. Bright, Elegant 
Apartment. Marvelous beamed 
ceilings. Antiques. Walk to Spanish 
Steps, Trevi Fountain. 609.683.3813, 

France. Provencal Farmhouse. 

Stunning ancestral home. Magnificent 
mountain views. Fields of lavender, 
olive trees. Lovely antiques, gardens, 
pool. Modern kitchen and baths. 

Italy/Tuscany. Ancestral Villa 

with sweeping views. Olive groves, 
vineyards, gardens. Antiques. 

Updated kitchen, baths. Pool. 


Italy. “Off the beaten path.” 

Campomarino Lido, modern condo 
with American amenities on a private 
beach. Area is renowned for its Blue 
Flag waters. Sleeps 6. Activities in¬ 
clude hiking, gastronomical tours and 
folklore excursions nearby. Minutes 
to restaurants, vineyard, olive grove. 
Only 10 minutes to Termoli/Tremiti 
Isles. Much, much more. Telephone: 
203.506.9843 email: porticciolobl-12 

Italian Rental. Historic house 

and garden with panoramic views in 
Civita di Bagnoregio, small hilltown 
between Rome and Florence. Sleeps 
up to five. $1,200 weekly. Carol 
Watts,, http:// 

COLLEGE this charming cape has 3 
bedrooms, 1.5 baths, approx. 1,744 
sq.ft, and is located on a quiet street, 
just a short walk from town. In 2007 
there was extensive remodeling and 
an architecturally designed addition 
including a new screened porch out 
back. New appliances and soothing 
color schemes. A lovely home offered 
at $269,000. 

WEYBRIDGE Discover a gem of a 
property just outside of Middlebury. 
Contemporary timberframe built in 
2004 with over 5,000 sq.ft, of top 
quality living space. Hardwood floors 
and radiant heat on 1st floor, large kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite 
counter tops. 400 sq. ft. great room with vaulted ceiling, woodburning fireplaces, a 
master suite with 3-season porch, space for large in-home office or studio. There is a 
5 stall horse barn with tack room and sand riding ring. Privately sited on 10 acres, but 
minutes to school and shops $795,000. 

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The Plunge 

When an accidental pilgrimage becomes a voyage of discovery. 

By Leah Koenig ’04 

T ogether, Alyssa 
and I had learned 
about the mikvah 
—a natural body 
of water used for 
the ancient Jewish practice of 
ritual immersion. And togeth¬ 
er, we had confessed that the 
idea appealed to our growing 
curiosity about the religion we 
had ignored as teenagers. So 
maybe I shouldn’t have been 
surprised when, on the drive 
from Vermont to her family’s 
house near Boston, my college 
friend suggested a sunrise mik¬ 
vah dip in Walden Pond. 

We were seniors on break 
for Rosh Hashanah. As envi¬ 
ronmental studies nerds, we 
agreed that a detour to 
Thoreau’s old stomping 
grounds would provide a 
much-needed diversion from 
the holiday’s “pray, eat, sleep” 
routine. But Alyssa’s plot twist, 
casually mentioned as we 
merged onto I-89, represented 
something more. What better 
way, she reasoned, to usher in 
the Jewish New Year (not to 
mention our imminent entry 
into the uncertain world of 
post-college life) than with 
a skinny-dip in the environ¬ 
mentalist’s equivalent of the 
Ganges? The remainder of the 
drive passed in a spell of giddy 
plotting. The next morn¬ 
ing, we awoke in Alyssa’s 
childhood bedroom, pulled 
on wool sweaters and sturdy 
boots, and set out for the 

Walden greeted us in its 
typical way: all pomp and pas¬ 
toral charm, with the maple 
trees casting giant shadow 
puppets across the ground. But 
as Alyssa and I crunched over 
pebbles towards the water, I 
barely registered the scene 
around me. We weren’t there 
to leaf peep, after all. Before 
long, the first minivans would 
rumble in, depositing a flurry 
of camera flashes and picnic 
baskets into the stillness. In the 
meantime, we had more mis¬ 
chievous goals in mind. We 
could only hope that pristine 
woods would not take offense 
to the more spiritual peep 
show about to take place. 

Alyssa and I had lingered 
over many dining hall meals, 
puzzling over the yearning to¬ 
wards Judaism that was taking 
shape deep within us. Reli¬ 
gion had never been a defining 
part of my identity, but, as I 
edged towards the precipice of 
adulthood, I longed for some¬ 
thing solid to wind my fingers 
into. This dip in Walden 
Pond, then, was something 
of a belated hazing initiation, 
the chance to do something 
completely outside of the 
college playbook to express 
my connection to tradition. I 
had heard that dunking in a 
mikvah feels like jumping into 
a swimming pool filled with 

holy water—an open palm to 
the soul’s reset button. Now at 
the water, there was no turn¬ 
ing back. 

I looked over at Alyssa 
who flashed me a thumbs-up. 
With our clothing scattered 
on rocks, we waded into the 
pond. Our skin reeled against 
the September chill. Then, 
with deep breaths, we plunged. 
I stretched out my limbs to al¬ 
low water to flow across every 
pore. I imagined Thoreau’s 
bare legs skimming under the 
pond’s surface on one of his 
regular morning swims. What 
would he think if he awoke 
one day to find two nice Jew¬ 
ish girls splashing like raptur¬ 
ous fish in his waters? Hallelu¬ 
jah, no doubt. 

Surfacing, I rejoined Alyssa 
on shore where we stumbled 
through a Hebrew blessing 
we’d practiced on the ride 

Blessed are You, Lord our 
God, Ruler of the Universe, 
who kept us alive and 
presewed us, and enabled us 
to reach this moment. 

I silently said a second 
prayer of thanks as an 
unfamiliar sensation of 
warmth and electricity spread 
throughout my body. How 
strange, I thought, that after 
a lifetime of being Jewish, it 
took this accidental pilgrimage 
to understand what religion 
actually feels like. ^ 

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Illustration by Gianni 

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40 Years of Acquisitions from the Friends of the Art Museum 


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Middlebury Alumni. 

Come For a Tour and Dinner With Us! 

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Vermont. The Lodge at Otter Creek 
is an adult community featuring 
rental options such as spacious 
and comfortable 2 bedroom state' 
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two bedroom Independent Living 
apartments. Assisted Living 
apartments and a Memory Care 
Program are also available. 

Nestled on 36 acres within 
minutes of the cultural vibrancy 
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The Lodge at Otter Creek 
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Please give Stephanie Parker a call at 802-458'3276 
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350 Lodge Road • Middlebury, VT 05753 • 802-388-1220 

Directions: From the Green in downtown Middlebury go to route 7 South, 
at 3rd light take a right on Middle Road North. 

Drive to the end of the road and hear right up the hill to The Lodge at Otter Creek. 

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